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Paper 11953-28

Spectroscopic techniques and sensors for the exploration of extraterrestrial environments: A review


Spectroscopic techniques and optical sensors utilized to study extraterrestrial environments e.g. on Mars are reviewed. Specific challenges for the design of instruments, arising from e.g. the harsh operational conditions or stringent requirements for compactness, are discussed. An outlook is given how emerging photonic technologies such as compact, space-ready short-pulse fiber lasers could lead to a new generation of space instruments.


Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)
- BSc in Physics in 1997 at the University of Manchester - Diploma in Physics in 2001 at the TU Berlin - PhD in Physics in 2004 at the Institute of Analytical Sciences at Berlin and Dortmund, topic: infrared ellipsometry for the analysis of organic thin films and interfaces, 2006 - 2008: Postdoc at the XUV free electron laser FLASH at DESY / Hamburg 2008 - 2010: scientist at the BESSYII storage ring at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin 2010 - 2018: senior scientist, project leader and groupleader for "High-Field Terahertz-Driven Phenomena" at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden Rossendorf since 2019: Professor for Terahertz and Laser Spectroscopy at TU Berlin and head of department at the DLR (German Aero Space Center) Institute of Optical Sensor Systems.
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (Germany)