Solomon Abiola, 2012, Physics

The goal of this research project was to develop atmospheric pollution monitoring capability utilizing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology. There is an increased need for trace-gas sensing over large areas with high spatial and temporal resolution. To address this, there exist several technologies, with vehicular deployments gaining popularity. However, such deployments have high maintenance and ownership costs, for which low-cost UAVs would be a feasible solution. In Professor Wysocki’s laboratory a new prototype of laserspectroscopic sensors have been developed in collaboration with the Mid-Infrared Technologies for Heath and the Environment (MIRTHE) Research Center to enable UAV monitoring of trace gases. During this eight week internship, I worked in a unique collaborative environment and was able to explore other environmental monitoring technologies developed by MIRTHE partners.