Introducing Claire Gmachl: New Eyes for the World, or How to Make Life Easier through Electrical Engineering
bridges vol. 4, December 2004 / News from the Network
by Jutta Kern
Being just about two millimeters in length and less than one-tenth the thickness of a human hair, these devices can be utilized for environmental, medical or security applications. Whether detecting traces of explosives at airports, measuring toxic emissions or allowing patients to take their medical respiratory masks home with them, Gmachl's quantum-cascade lasers clearly prove that her focus as a university professor is on "inventing things that help make life easier."