Professor Dantus recently has developed a sensor that can help determine whether a "hit" in sports has occurred and, if so, how severe it might have been. His background is in lasers and biomedical sensing.
Ultrafast lasers, with pulse durations shorter than 10–13 s — less time than it takes for atoms to move — have already led to Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physics. These lasers are ideal for probing and con- trolling chemical reactions.
Our group has three well-funded thrust areas of scientific leadership:
(a) Control of strong-field laser matter interactions: Exploring molecular dynamics at energies ranging from 1015 to 1020 W/cm2.
(b) Biomedical imaging and sensing: Label free biomedical imaging and explosives detection.
(c) Source development: New laser sources, pulse shapers, and technology combining both.
Progress in these three areas requires fundamental scientific advances, often questioning established dogmas and accomplishing what others have determined to be impossible.