This issue of Applied Optics features papers on the application of laser technology to chemical and environmental analysis. Many of the contributions to this issue, although not all, result from papers presented at the 1996 OSA Topical Meeting on Laser Applications to Chemical and Environmental Analysis, which was held in Orlando, Florida, in March 1996. This successful meeting, with nearly 100 participants, continued the tradition of earlier Laser Applications to Chemical Analysis (LACA) meetings. The title change reflects an expended scope and an even greater emphasis on environmental analysis than the previous four LACA meetings.
Robert P. Lucht, Mark C. Allen, and Steve Downey, "Laser applications to chemical and environmental analysis: an introduction," Appl. Opt. 36, 3187-3187 (1997)