What's New

Oct 2023 — LFA initiated a new project selected by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) using the UCI W.M. Keck DPOSL facilities for hydrate experiments.

Oct 2023 — LFA initiated a new project with industry partner for a project selected by Department of Energy (DOE) for CO2 capture experiments.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) PSI selects E-FIELD Flames for providing new insights of the µg experiment data.

→UCI E-FIELD Flames experiment aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on the PI day, 2018.


Research Activities


The Lasers, Flames, and Aerosols (LFA) research group studies energy and transport problems that include nearly any intersection of the three aspects in the LFA name.

Microgravity flames under the influence of electric fields, sprays, laser measurements of soot aerosol formation and dynamics, water laden fuel combustion, flue gas and clean energy mitigation, methane hydrates flames, and hot air balloon burner performance, are just a few recent examples.

Research Approach


Simplified systems are developed that mimic a specific behavior of interest from a more complex  practical. Thedominant physical process in the realistic system are extracted from the fundamental understanding obtained from advanced diagnostics and analysis applies to the laboratory scale experiments.

Examples include coflow/counterflow burners for nonpremixed flame study, cleaner fuel generation system for gas turbine/power plants, droplet and mist environemnt, and high pressure chamber. In many cases, numerical simulations are developed in conjunction with the experiments to provide insight into influencing factors.

Our motivation is always an improved understanding of a practical systems, diagnostic tool implementations needed to meet these goals are concurrently being evaluated to prove flexibility and accuracy in non-ideal settings.

Optical Diagnostics

FS-Holography, LDV, PIV, PCSV, PLIF, CARS, absorption, chemiluminescence, interferometry, thin fliament and soot pyrometry, schlerien, high speed videography, shadowgraphy, particle light scattering, holography, and ballistic imaging.

LFA Research Group started since 1987.

In 2012, the Deep Ocean Power Science Laboratory (DOPSL) was selected by the W.M. Keck Foundation to study hydrate science for a sustainable future in energy and environment.

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