16 May 2005 Ferroelectric based multiple radiations source for in situ multifunctional analytical instruments
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A ferroelectric based multiple radiation source is being developed and tested at JPL. This device has the potential to emit five radiation types enabling a new generation of compact, low power, low mass in-situ analysis instruments. These radiation types include visible light, ultraviolet, X-ray, as well as electron and ion beams. These types of emitted radiation can support multiple instruments that may potentially be used in future NASA missions to detect water, perform mineralogical/chemistry analysis and identify biological signatures. The source consists of a ferroelectric wafer having a continuous ground electrode on one side and a grid-shaped cathode on the other side. This source is placed in a vacuum tube and is used to generate plasma by switching high voltage pulses. A series of experiments were performed to evaluate the characteristics of the generated radiation and the results are described and discussed in this paper.
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Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Shyh-Shiuh Lih, Shyh-Shiuh Lih, Xiaoqi Bao, Xiaoqi Bao, Stewart Sherrit, Stewart Sherrit, "Ferroelectric based multiple radiations source for in situ multifunctional analytical instruments", Proc. SPIE 5758, Smart Structures and Materials 2005: Smart Sensor Technology and Measurement Systems, (16 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.598930; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.598930

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