Fraunhofer – Innovative Approach to Remote Hydrogen Detection

By Michael Schlagmüller | on 05 July 2019

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics, have developed an Innovative Approach to Remote Hydrogen Detection. We are excited to see how technology from Swabian Instruments is helping the community to develop efficient solutions for safe nuclear waste monitoring.

Remote detection of hydrogen from Game Changers Innovation on Vimeo.

Dr David Stothard Deputy Head of Department – Lasers and Laser Systems Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics - Swabian Instruments Testimonial

Dr David Stothard

Deputy Head of Department – Lasers and Laser Systems

Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics

Our Time Tagger Ultra emerged as the perfect choice for the TCSPC measurements which underpin this proof of concept study. From a technical point of view, it is very high performance in terms of timing resolution and throughput was more than adequate to fully capture the photon arrival events produced by our instrument, to the extent that we were able to capture many range-dependant returning photons per single shot of the laser. This played a significant role in improving the acquisition time of our instrument. In addition to its raw performance, what particularly impressed us with the Time Tagger was its extraordinary flexibility, allowing straightforward electrical interfacing to a range of detectors, and the ease with which it could be rapidly integrated into our system. The software provided with the device allowed us to begin taking meaningful measurements within an hour of unpacking it, and were able to seamlessly and rapidly interface it to our own bespoke computer code which runs the experiment. This combined timing performance and flexibility of the Time Tagger was critical in being able to deliver this challenging programme in a timely manner.