Raymetrics has been in operation since 2002, making it one of the first atmospheric LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging) companies in the world. Over the last 16 years, the company has developed a range of highly customisable products suitable for academic uses, commercial uses (aviation, mining, heavy industry), and operational uses (meteorology, environmental).
LIDAR is analogous to RADAR but uses light from a laser instead of radiowaves to remotely sense distant objects. As the wavelength of light is small, LIDARs can detect very small objects including tiny particles (known as aerosols) in the atmosphere.
The company is now one of the world’s largest atmospheric LIDAR manufacturers with LIDAR systems located all over the world – in North & South America, Europe, South East Asia, and Africa.
Focusing on atmospheric monitoring
To support its development of new laser-based detection solutions for atmospheric monitoring, Raymetrics is working with the University of Leicester.
Under the SPRINT partnership, Raymetrics and the University of Leicester are collaborating on the development of air pollution LIDARs to streamline the capabilities of atmospheric monitoring.
This will enable Raymetrics to deliver timely, accurate atmospheric data and services to private and public sector entities across the globe. It will also enable the company to expand the reach of its LIDAR systems into new air pollution applications.
“Understanding the urban atmosphere”
Dr. Georgios Georgousis, Chief Operating Officer at Raymetrics says: “Technology and science always move forward with collaborative work and fresh ideas. We strongly believe that working closely with the SPRINT team will be a pleasure, a challenge and a success.”
Dr. Joshua Vande Hey, Lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester and academic lead for the university adds: “We have a unique opportunity to link Raymetrics’ capability and experience in commercial scientific-grade laser sensing systems with university expertise in space technology and air pollution science to develop novel solutions for understanding the urban atmosphere.”
This project draws upon a range of key University of Leicester capabilities including:
• Remote Sensing Instrument Development
• Applications of Satellite Data (in particular those relating to air quality)
• Earth Observation and Remote Sensing (in particular laser remote sensing of the atmosphere)
• Digital Electronics and High Speed Electronics (in particular high speed detection electronics)
• Global Atmospheric Composition and Chemistry
• Urban Environment Research and Pollution Transport
…and will lead to potential applications in Policy Development, Evaluation and Implementation, for air quality applications of new instrumentation.