The Oxford and Bristol Optical Cavities Group

Welcome to the Oxford and Bristol Optical Cavities Group


We have a collaborative research project involving groups in the Physical and Theorectical Chemistry Laboratory at the University of Oxford and the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol for the development of optical cavity based diagnostics.

The aim is to implement new strategies to extend the wavelength regions over which optical cavity based techniques can be used for ultra-sensitive absorption spectroscopy. This requires the implementation of and design of new light sources from the ultraviolet to the mid-infrared region using modern telecom-type diode lasers in the visible and near-infrared as well as new light sources such as super-luminescent light-emitting diodes (SLEDS), super continuum (SC) sources and quantum cascade lasers (QCLs).

These new measurement capabilities will have vital current and future applications in quantitative analytical science, environmental analysis, pollution monitoring, process control in industry, healthcare, fundamental molecular spectroscopy, photochemistry and reaction dynamics, and many other areas.

Please have a look around the site to find out more about work we do.