Laboratory for Exosphere and Near-Space Environment Studies (LENSES)

The Laboratory for Exosphere and Near-Space Environment Studies (LENSES) is used by undergraduate and graduate students to develop extremely sensitive spectroscopic equipment for the study of faint, diffuse optical line emission.

The majority of research and work done in LENSES centers around four multi-etalon Fabry-Perot (FP) annular summing spectrometers, which are used for terrestrial aeronomy and observations of solar system objects including the moon, comets, and the Jovian system. LENSES is also testing a new class of spectrometer, the Field-Widened Spatial Heterodyne Spectrometer, along with collaborators from the University of Wisconsin, St. Cloud State University, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Currently, work in LENSES includes developing an initiative to assemble a suite of spectroscopic instrumentation to Investigate Near Space Interaction Regions (INSpIRe). The INSpIRe initiative will enhance ERAU’s research capacity, open new avenues for active learning, foster collaborations across the Daytona Beach Campus, and build important links between the Daytona Beach and the Prescott, AZ, campuses.

LENSES and INSpIRe will create new opportunities for student involvement, spanning mechanical and optical design, systems and software engineering, novel instrumentation, observational strategies, data interpretation, and comparative modeling.

Lab Information

Location: COAS 417

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email