Among the many breakthroughs led by Menoni and her team was the development of a compact extreme ultraviolet light-based microscope for nanoscale imaging, for which they received an R&D 100 Award in 2008. In 2015, Menoni and collaborators reported the development of a new three-dimensional nanoscale molecular imaging technology, selected by Optics and Photonics News as among “the most exciting peer-reviewed optics research to have emerged over the past 12 months.”
Menoni recently announced a partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office through its Nuclear Forensics Research Award (NFRA) program. The team is developing a highly sensitive mass spectrometer enabling detection of trace levels of uranium and other metals. The laser ablation methodology to be applied will also permit three-dimensional, nanoscale imaging of the isotopic content of solid samples.
THE MENONI GROUP
Carmen S. Menoni is a University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University. She received her Ph.D. in Physics from Colorado State University in 1987. Since 1991, she has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Menoni also holds courtesy appointments in the Department of Chemistry, the School of Biomedical Engineering, and the School of Advanced Material Discovery at CSU. Menoni’s research is in the areas of extreme nano-photonics. She is also actively involved in using bright coherent beams of light of wavelengths between 10-50 nm for optics applications such as imaging and spectrometry.
Menoni leads an active group engaged in the growth and characterization of oxide materials that are the backbone of interference coatings for infrared high power lasers. In 2008 Menoni and her team received an “R&D 100 Award” for the invention of a table-top 46.9 nm wavelength microscope that can capture images in a single nanosecond with wavelength spatial resolution. Menoni is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and SPIE. In 2012, Menoni received CSU’s Scholarship Impact Award, the university’s highest recognition for accomplishments in research, was named a University Distinguished Professor in 2014, and was honored as a University Distinguished Alumnus Employee in 2016. Menoni was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2016, “for distinguished contributions to nanoscale imaging and spectroscopy at extreme ultraviolet wavelengths, and for advancing the science and technology of optical materials and devices.”