Capabilities of LIBS for analysis of geological samples at stand-off distances in a Mars atmosphere

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The use of LIBS for stand-off elemental analysis of geological and other samples in a simulated Mars atmosphere is being evaluated. Analytical capabilities, matrix effects, and other factors effecting analysis are being determined. Through funding from NASA's Mars Instrument Development Program (MIDP), we have been evaluating the use of LIBS for future use on landers and rovers to Mars. Of particular interest is the use of LIBS for stand-off measurements of geological samples up to 20 meters from the instrument. Very preliminary work on such remote LIBS measurements based on large laboratory type equipment was carried out about a decade ... continued below

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Cremers, D. A. (David A.); Wiens, R. C. (Roger C.); Ferris, M. J. (Monty J.); Brennetot, R. (Rene) & Maurice, S. (Sylvestre) January 1, 2002.

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The use of LIBS for stand-off elemental analysis of geological and other samples in a simulated Mars atmosphere is being evaluated. Analytical capabilities, matrix effects, and other factors effecting analysis are being determined. Through funding from NASA's Mars Instrument Development Program (MIDP), we have been evaluating the use of LIBS for future use on landers and rovers to Mars. Of particular interest is the use of LIBS for stand-off measurements of geological samples up to 20 meters from the instrument. Very preliminary work on such remote LIBS measurements based on large laboratory type equipment was carried out about a decade ago. Recent work has characterized the capabilities using more compact instrumentation and some measurements have been conducted with LIBS on a NASA rover testbed.

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  • Submitted to be presented at the LIBS 2002 Topical COnference at the Annual Meeting of the Optical Society of America, Orlando, FL, September 24-28, 2002

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Cremers, D. A. (David A.); Wiens, R. C. (Roger C.); Ferris, M. J. (Monty J.); Brennetot, R. (Rene) & Maurice, S. (Sylvestre). Capabilities of LIBS for analysis of geological samples at stand-off distances in a Mars atmosphere, article, January 1, 2002; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc933617/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.