Prospecting for oil with an optical nose

Padgett, M. (2003) Prospecting for oil with an optical nose. Physics World, 16(9), 22 -22.

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Dust, sandstorms and extreme variations in temperature make the desert one of the worst places on Earth to perform a delicate optical experiment. However, if that experiment can help to sniff out oil reserves, then it is well worth trying. Physicists from Shell and Glasgow University in the UK have recently returned from Oman, where they have been testing an ultra-sensitive "optical nose" that can detect trace concentrations of ethane. As well as promising a more efficient method of searching for the Earth's ever-decreasing oil reserves, the new device may also prove effective in diagnosing lung cancer.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Padgett, Professor Miles
Authors: Padgett, M.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physics World

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