Ultra-compact, nanosecond-class spaceflight-compatible UV lasers are finding increasing application in laser desorption, excitation, and ionization analytical applications on planetary missions, such as the detection and characterization of potential molecular biosignatures on Mars or icy moon surfaces. A short pulsed, solid state, UV laser is under development with selectable pulse energy capabilities for optimized sample ion production at a planetary surface.
D. Barry Coyle, Demetrios Poulios, Ricardo Arevalo, Greg B. Clarke, and Paul R. Stysley, "A mission-enabling UV laser for mass spectrometry (UVMS) with continuously selectable output for in-situ planetary exploration," Proc. SPIE 10636, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XXIII, 106360V (Presented at SPIE Defense + Security: April 18, 2018; Published: 10 May 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2305223.
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