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Can quantum tech boost fiber-optic oil, gas leak sensors?


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Researchers in Louisiana, Oklahoma and Tennessee are working to see whether quantum-enhanced fiber sensing could detect offshore oil and gas leaks before they're big enough to damage the environment.

"We will use quantum states of light to enhance the sensitivity of fiber-optic leakage sensors," said Jyotsna Sharma, an assistant professor in petroleum engineering at Louisiana State University.

Sharma and Alberto Marino, an associate professor of atomic, molecular and optical physics at the University of Oklahoma, have a $750,000 Department of Energy grant to work...

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