AFOSR-MURI Program on Hyperspectral and Extreme Light Diagnostics for Defense-Critical Advanced Materials and Processes

AFOSR-MURI Program on Hyperspectral and Extreme Light Diagnostics for Defense-Critical Advanced Materials and Processes

A five year Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) has been awarded to a team of University of Michigan Investigators from Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Physics and the Center for Ultrafast Optical Sciences (CUOS). The objective of this MURI program is to develop the scientific basis for use of ultrahigh-intensity femtosecond lasers as materials diagnostics and microfabrication tools for advanced aircraft engine materials and components. Of specific interest is the development of techniques that can deliver diagnostic structural and chemical information in a non-destructive mode at “standoff” distances in ambient or inert gas environments with no specialized chambers. The program will address fundamental aspects of laser-material interaction and quantify the capabilities and/or extend the limits of individual laser-based material interrogation modes, including x-ray and electron-based diagnostics, terahertz tomography and “non-destructive” LIBs. The program begins in May 2005 and the Principal Investigator is Professor Tresa Pollock (MSE). Other senior investigators include Professors J. Wayne Jones (MSE), Katsuyo Thorton (MSE), Steve Yalisove (MSE), Roy Clarke (Physics), Almantas Galvanauskas (CUOS), John Nees (CUOS) and John Whitaker (CUOS).