This group conducts research and development in quantum electronics, in particular laser spectroscopy applied to sensitive, selective and real-time trace gas detection, and laser applications in environmental monitoring, chemical analysis, industrial process control, and medical diagnostics.


January 10, 2018 – After more than 50 years at Rice, Frank Tittel thinks about retiring

January 15, 2016- Mid-IR laser-based sensor for hydrogen peroxide detection, SPIE Newsroom

November 2-5 – OSA Light, Energy And The Environment Congress, November 2-5 2015, Suzhou, China

July 13-17 – ICAVS, Vienna, Austria

June 1, 2015 – Rice’s Shell Center awards grants for sustainable development research [story]

May 11, 2015 – Frank Tittel Receives Award from Welch Foundation [story]

August 8, 2014 –  RQI Colloqium, Houston, TX.

July 21-22, 2014 – MIMeS 2014, Princeton, NJ

June 8-13, 2014 – CLEO Exhibition, San Jose, CA

May 5-9, 2014 – FLAIR 2014, Florence, Italy

April 23, 2014 – Visitor from Hamamatsu Photonics, Middlesex, NJ [photos]

April 14-15, 2014 – Visit by scientists from Corporate Manufacturing Engineering Center, TOSHIBA Inc., Yokohawa, Japan [photos]

March 14, 2014 – LSG hosted two scientists from Riken Center for Advanced Photonics, Wako, Japan [photos]

February 25-26, 2014 – The Rice Laser Science Group visited THORLABS in New Jersey [photos]

February, 2014 – Two new group members arrived: Dr. Yingchun Cao and Prof. Dongfang Jiang [photos]

February 1-6, 2014 – Prof. Frank Tittel and Dr. Wei Ren attended SPIE Photonics West 2014 held in San Francisco, CA [photos]

January 16-17, 2014 – Prof. Frank Tittel participated in a two-day 20 Years of Quantum Cascade Lasers Anniversary Workshop with an invited talk organized by Prof. Jerome Faist, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. [photos]

November 5, 2013 – LSG Group hosted Dr. Michael B. Frish from Physical Sciences in Massachusetts. [photos]

November 5, 2013 – LSG Group hosted Marshall Scott from THORLABS in Newton, NJ. [photos]

October 7-9, 2013 – 139th OMICS Group Conference International Conference and Exhibition on Lasers, Optics & Photonics San Antonio, Texas

September 25-27, 2013 – 2013 Conference on Photoacoustic and Photothermal Theory and Applications (CPPTA), Warsaw, Poland [photos]

September 16, 2013 – THORLABS founder & President Alex Cable along with Eric Geoffrion (Research Scientist) visited the Laser Science Group hosted by Dr. Frank Tittel and team members. [photos]

September 10, 2013 – LSG group went to McCarty landfill using the QEPAS based methane sensor system in the Aerodyne Mobile Lab near Channelview, TX for methane perimeter measurements. [photos]

September 7, 2013 – LSG group visited the Atascocita landfill site in Humble, TX 77396 to perform methane perimeter measurements. [photos]

September 6, 2013 – LSG group returned to Aerodyne Mobile Lab in Channelview, TX for upgrading the QEPAS based methane sensor system hosted by Dr. Scott Herndon, Dr. Paolo Massoli, Berk Knighton, Cody Floerchinger from Aerodyne Inc. [photos]

September 3, 2013 – Installation Visit by Dr. Frank Tittel and LSG group to the NASA-DISCOVER-AQ campaign at Aerodyne Mobile Lab parked in Channelview, TX hosted by Dr. Scott Herndon and members of Aerodyne Inc. [photos]

August 29, 2013 – Visit by Dr. Frank Tittel to the NASA-NRL Earth Science 2013 mission on Studies of Emission and Atmospheric Composition Clouds and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys at Ellington Field hosted by Dr. Dirk Richter. [photos]

August 24, 2013 – Dr. Alan Fried (Senior Research Associate) and Dr. Dirk Richter(Research Associate) from the “Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR)” at University of Colorado, Boulder, CO visited the Rice Laser Science Group [photos]

August 14, 2008- Rice air sensors tested near Beijing’s Olympic stadium:Laser-based devices measure ozone-precursor nitric oxide [story]