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The heat is on – in the Planetary Emissivity Laboratory (PEL) at DLR Berlin

Helbert, J. and Maturilli, A. (2008) The heat is on – in the Planetary Emissivity Laboratory (PEL) at DLR Berlin. In: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIX, 1391, abstract#2408. Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX. 39th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 2008-03-10 - 2008-03-14, Houston, TX (USA). ISSN 1540-7845

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Abstract

<p>Introduction: The Institute for Planetary Re-search has an expertise in spectroscopy of minerals, rocks, meteorites, and organic matter, build up in more than two decades. The available equipment allows spectroscopy from the visible to TIR range using bi-conical reflection and emission spectroscopy. The in-stitute has an outstanding heritage in designing and building infrared remote-sensing instruments for planetary missions.</p><p> The heart of the spectroscopic facilities is the Planetary Emissivity Laboratory (PEL) which has been completely refurbished in the last two years. The PEL allows now to measure the emissivity of planetary ana-logue materials from 3- 50 μm for very fine grained samples. We will report here on the next development step of the PEL which is the addition of a planetary simula-tion chamber. This chamber will allow to measure samples under vacuum and at temperatures up to 500°C. After this upgrade the PEL will be the first lab that can routinely measure the emissivity of fine grained samples from 1 to 50 μm over an extremely wide range of temperatures.</p><p> The PEL: The PEL has been operating in various configurations for the last 10 years. The laboratory experimental facilities consist of the main emissivity spectrometer laboratory, a supporting spectrometer laboratory for reflectance measurements, sample preparation facilities and an extensive collection of rocks and minerals.</p><p> The emissivity spectrometer laboratory has been upgraded in 2006 with a new Bruker VERTEX 80V FTIR spectrometer. This spectrometer has a very high spectral resolution (better then 0.2 cm-1), and a resolv-ing power of better than 300,000:1, and can be oper-ated under vacuum conditions to remove atmospheric features from the spectra. To cover the entire from 1 to 50 μm spectral range, two detectors, a liquid nitrogen cooled MTC (1-16 μm) and a room temperature DTGS (15-50 μm). two beamsplitter, a KBr and a Multilayer, and two entrance windows, KBr and CsI are used to measure the same target.</p><p> The spectrometer is coupled to an emissivity cham-ber which has been developed at DLR. It is a double-walled box with three apertures: a 15 cm squared door used to insert the cup in the box, a 5 cm rounded open-ing through which the beam is directed to the spec-trometer and a 5 cm opening facing the attached black-body unit. A heater is placed in the chamber and is used to heat the cup with samples from the bottom. The thermal radiation emitted normal to the surface by the sample or the blackbody is collected by an Au-coated parabolic off-axis mirror and reflected to the entrance port of the spectrometer. Figure 2 shows the emissivity device attached to the spectrometer external port: the cover of the sample chamber is removed to show the parabolic mirror mounted on a mechanical arm and oriented toward the reference blackbody, the sample heater and the purging system.</p><p> A pump circulates water at a constant temperature in the volume between the inner and outer walls of the chamber. The surfaces of the box are painted with black high emissivity paint. The chamber is purged with dry air to remove particulates, water vapour and CO2. Further details can be found in [1, 2].</p><p> The PEL is with this setup since late summer 2007 in routine operation. In Figure 2 an example of quartz measurements for two extreme grain sizes is shown, together with analogue measurements extracted from the ASU and ASTER spectral libraries. Complemen-tary to the existing datasets (ASU and ASTER), the BED library sensibly extend both the investigated spectral range and the grain size ranges. The enormous difference between the spectra of the small and large fractions witness the need for such a complete dataset for a correct interpretation of remote sensing data.</p><p> The Berlin Emissivity Database (BED): One of the main tasks of the PEL is the creation of the Berlin Emissivity Database (BED) - a spectral library con-taining the emissivity measurements of several plane-tary analogues. It contains currently entries for more than 25 minerals including plagioclase and potassium feldspars, low Ca and high Ca pyroxenes, olivine, elemental sulphur, common martian analogues (JSC Mars-1, Salten Skov, palagonites, montmorillonite) and a lunar highland soil sample all measured in the wavelength range from 3 to 50 μm as a function of particle size. For each sample, the spectra of four well defined particle size separates (&lt;25 μm , 25-63 μm, 63-125 μm, 125-250 μm) are measured with a 4 cm-1 spectral resolution. These size separates have been selected as typical representations for most of the planetary surfaces [3].</p><p> The next step: For 2008 a major upgrade of the PEL is planned. A planetary simulation chamber will be replace the currently used chamber for most meas-urements. This chamber can be evacuated so that the complete optical path from the sample to the detector is free of any influence by atmospheric gases. The chamber will have an automatic sample transport sys-tem which allows to maintain the vacuum while chang-ing the samples.</p><p> The main highlight however will be the new heating system. It will allow to heat the samples to tempera-tures of up to 700K allowing measurements under real-istic conditions for the surface of Mercury. Further-more the heating system will allow to force thermal gradients in the samples which is a much more realistic representation of the thermal conditions on planetary surface.</p><p> Summary: The PEL can provide the planetary community already today with emissivity measure-ments highly complementary to exisiting spectral data-bases. With the 2008 upgrade the PEL will allow unique measurements with a strong focus on airless bodies and extreme conditions as for example BepiColombo and MESSENGER will encounter at Mercury. This will be especially benefical for MERTIS the thermal infrared imaging spectrometer on BepiCo-lombo [1,2,4]. The PEL will routinely obtain emissivity measurements over the extremely wide spectral range from 1-50 μm for fine grained samples. The measurements at 1 μm will for example allow for the first time a direct interpretation of the surface observa-tions obtained by VIRTIS on VenusExpress through the atmospheric windows.</p><p> References: [1] A. Maturilli, J. Helbert et al. (2006), PSS 54. [2] A. Maturilli, J. Helbert, et al. (2007), in press on PSS. [3] Helbert, J. et al. (2007), ASR 40, DOI:10.1016/j.asr.2006.11.004 [4] J. Benkhoff, J. Helbert, et al. (2006) ASR, 38, 4</p>

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:The heat is on – in the Planetary Emissivity Laboratory (PEL) at DLR Berlin
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Helbert, J.UNSPECIFIED
Maturilli, A.UNSPECIFIED
Date:March 2008
Journal or Publication Title:Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIX
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:1391
Page Range:abstract#2408
Publisher:Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX
Series Name:LPI Contribution
ISSN:1540-7845
Status:Published
Keywords:Berlin Emissivity Data Base (BED); minerals; spectra; different grain sizes; Planetary Emissivity Laboratory (PEL); MESSENGER; BepiColombo; Mercury; Venus; VenusExpress
Event Title:39th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
Event Location:Houston, TX (USA)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2008-03-10 - 2008-03-14
Organizer:Lunar and Planetary Institute
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Vergleichende Planetologie (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Physics
Deposited By: Stefanie Hempel
Deposited On:30 Apr 2008
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 14:55

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