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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 13 — May. 1, 2010
  • pp: C211–C217

Calibrating the ChemCam laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy instrument for carbonate minerals on Mars

Nina L. Lanza, Roger C. Wiens, Samuel M. Clegg, Ann M. Ollila, Seth D. Humphries, Horton E. Newsom, and James E. Barefield  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 13, pp. C211-C217 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.49.00C211


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Abstract

The ChemCam instrument suite onboard the NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover includes the first laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) instrument for extraterrestrial applications. Here we examine carbonate minerals in a simulated martian environment to better understand the LIBS signature of these materials on Mars. Both chemical composition and rock type are determined using multivariate analysis techniques. Composition is confirmed using scanning electron microscopy. Our results show that ChemCam can recognize and differentiate between different types of carbonate materials on Mars.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(350.6090) Other areas of optics : Space optics
(300.6365) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, laser induced breakdown

History
Original Manuscript: October 2, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 16, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 25, 2010
Published: April 23, 2010

Citation
Nina L. Lanza, Roger C. Wiens, Samuel M. Clegg, Ann M. Ollila, Seth D. Humphries, Horton E. Newsom, and James E. Barefield, "Calibrating the ChemCam laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy instrument for carbonate minerals on Mars," Appl. Opt. 49, C211-C217 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-49-13-C211

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