Christopher Ball

Christopher Ball

Christopher Ball

Research Scientist, ElectroScience Laboratory


ElectroScience Laboratory 171
1330 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212

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Areas of Expertise

  • Development of sensor system technologies from concept to prototype
  • Spectroscopic detection of chemical species (microwave, millimeter wave, infrared, visible, ultraviolet)
  • Remote sensing in support of agricultural, environmental, defense, and industrial applications


  • Ph.D., 1998, Physics, The Ohio State University
  • M.S., 1994, Physics, The Ohio State University
  • A.B., 1992, Physics, Harvard University

Christopher Ball received the A.B. degree in physics from Harvard University in 1992 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University in 1994 and 1998, respectively. His doctoral research focused on developing millimeter wave spectroscopy methods to support atmospheric remote sensing and astronomy applications. Upon completion of the Ph.D. degree, he performed postdoctoral research from 1998 to 2000 at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics involving laser spectroscopy measurements of exotic carbon chain and ring compounds in support of optical astronomy applications. Starting in 2000, he joined Battelle Memorial Institute, where he developed spectroscopic and imaging sensor technologies and analysis methods for defense, environmental, and industrial applications. In 2016, he joined the ElectroScience Laboratory at The Ohio State University, where he continues to perform research and development activities for sensors operating across the electromagnetic spectrum. Recent examples include development of an infrared spectroscopic sensor for food characterization; assessment of remote sensing systems (thermal imaging, hyperspectral imaging, lidar, radar, etc.) for agricultural and environmental applications; development and operation of a CubeSat for microwave remote sensing of the Earth; development of laser imaging technologies for methane detection; and millimeter/sub-millimeter wave spectroscopy for detection of toxic air pollutants.