Optical Sensing and Communications (a Gallimaufry of Applications)


Let’s shoot laser beams at things and see what happens.         

Let’s look at volcanoes, helicopters, cows, self-driving cars, bubbles, rockets, fertilizer, talking to submarines, meteors, and whatever that stuff is that’s floating around the sunbeam in your apartment.

Let’s put on some of Prof. Khoo’s laser safety goggles and let’s shoot laser beams at things.


Hailing from the Wilds of southern Illinois, Prof. Kane (and family) came to Penn State in the mid-90s.  Initially a Post-Doc at the Applied Research Lab (ARL), he expanded into his current role as Professor of Electrical Engineering (EE) as well as Meteorology & Atmospheric Science (MAS) shortly thereafter.

Kane is a multi-disciplinary generalist whose research (as an engineer/scientist) and educational & outreach efforts reflect his broad interests.  He works* in the fields of Optical Remote Sensing, Propagation, Communications, and Space Weather.

*  well, his Grad students actually do the work…


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