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Conduction cooled compact laser for chemcam instrument
Author(s): B. Faure; M. Saccoccio; S. Maurice; E. Durand; C. Derycke

Paper Abstract

A new conduction cooled compact laser for Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) on Mars is presented. The laser provides pulses with energy higher than 30mJ at 1μm of wavelength with a good spatial quality. Three development prototypes of this laser have been built and functional and environmental tests have been done. Then, the Qualification and Flight models have been developed and delivered. A spare model is now developed.

This laser will be mounted on the ChemCam Instrument of the NASA mission MSL 2009. ChemCam Instrument is developed in collaboration between France (CESR and CNES) and USA (LANL). The goal of this Instrument is to study the chemical composition of Martian rocks. A laser source (subject of this presentation) emits a pulse which is focused by a telescope. It creates a luminous plasma on the rock; the light of this plasma is then analysed by three spectrometers to obtain information on the composition of the rock.

The laser source is developed by the French company Thales Laser, with a technical support from CNES and CESR. This development is funded by CNES. The laser is compact, designed to work in burst mode. It doesn't require any active cooling.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 10566, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008, 105661L (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2308262
Show Author Affiliations
B. Faure, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
M. Saccoccio, Ctr. National d'Études Spatiales (France)
S. Maurice, CESR (France)
E. Durand, Thales Laser (France)
C. Derycke, Thales Laser (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10566:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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