Quantel Donates PIV Laser to FLIP

Leading laser technology company Quantel visited Cal Poly’s Aerospace Engineering Department today to donate a high-power pulsed laser that will be used in Dr. Graham Doig’s Low Speed Wind Tunnel lab. The new laser is powerful enough to illuminate particles in the air that flow around a wing or car model, allowing the software to “see” the vortices and turbulence that would normally be invisible. Quantel’s Dr. Diane Wong and team also hosted a lunch to show our students other cool applications like lasers on the International Space Station and Curiosity Mars rover! Quantel’s donation will make a big difference to research in the lab, as you can tell from our happy grad students in the photo, and the laser will also become a part of testing in the undergrad applied aerodynamics course - students can now use even more equipment that they’ll see again in cutting edge tests in industry!

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