Gain-swept superradiance applied to the stand-off detection of trace impurities in the atmosphere. Conference Paper uri icon


  • We show that gain-swept superradiance can be used to detect low (parts per million) concentrations of various gases at distances on the order of kilometers, which is done by using pulse timing to create small regions of gain at positions that sweep toward a detector. The technique is far more sensitive than previous methods such as light detection and ranging or differential absorption light detection and ranging.

published proceedings

  • Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

author list (cited authors)

  • Kocharovsky, V., Cameron, S., Lehmann, K., Lucht, R., Miles, R., Rostovtsev, Y., ... Scully, M. O

complete list of authors

  • Kocharovsky, V||Cameron, S||Lehmann, K||Lucht, R||Miles, R||Rostovtsev, Y||Warren, W||Welch, GR||Scully, MO

publication date

  • January 1, 2005 11:11 AM