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Application of Raman Spectroscopy as in situ Technology for the search for life

Böttger, Ute and de Vera, Jean Pierre Paul and Hermelink, A. and Fritz, J. and Weber, I. and Schulze-Makuch, D. and Hübers, H.W. (2013) Application of Raman Spectroscopy as in situ Technology for the search for life. In: Habitability of other Planets and Satellites Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology, 28. Springer Dordrecht Heidelberg New York London. pp. 333-345. ISBN 978-94-007-6545-0.

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Raman microscopy is a nondestructive in situ technology appropriate to identify organic compounds and mineral products. It is a well-established technology and applied in various areas like pharmacy, biology, and mineralogy. Measurements could also be taken on other planetary bodies of our Solar System via future spacecrafts. The range for application reaches from acquiring discriminating bands (e.g., Raman reporter molecules like pigments) to the complex evaluation of spectral fi ngerprints. For the chemical characterization of biological samples as well as biomaterial-containing samples, chemometrical methods and pattern recognition need to be used for a reliable identi fi cation. Databases of Raman spectra established beforehand support the identi fi cation of the observed material. The ExoMars Mission in 2018 is the fi rst mission for which a Raman spectrometer is part of the planned payload. In preparation to this and further missions, it is necessary to study the circumstances one could be faced with when performing Raman measurements in a non-Earth-like environment. The differences and difficulties compared to the established measurement approaches on Earth (Sect. 2 ) need to be recognized, and solutions must be found. As an example for a space application in Mars exploration, the identification of b-carotene in cyanobacteria on Mars-analogue material by Raman spectroscopy is presented (Sect. 3 , based on Böttger et al., 2012 ) . A procedure was developed to optimize the detection of cyanobacteria embedded in different types of martian soils.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/83658/
Document Type:Book Section
Title:Application of Raman Spectroscopy as in situ Technology for the search for life
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Böttger, UteUte.Boettger (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
de Vera, Jean Pierre Pauljean-pierre.devera (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hermelink, A.Robert Koch Institute. Nordufer 20 13353 Berlin, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Fritz, J.Museum für Naturkunde, Leibnitz Institut für Naturkunde an der Humboldt Univ.-Berlin, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Weber, I.Institute for Planetology, University of Münster, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Schulze-Makuch, D.School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, USAUNSPECIFIED
Hübers, H.W.heinz-wilhelm.huebers (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:31 August 2013
Journal or Publication Title:Habitability of other Planets and Satellites
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 333-345
Publisher:Springer Dordrecht Heidelberg New York London
Series Name:Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology
Keywords:Raman spectroscopy, life detection, biosignatures, Mars regolith analog
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Science and Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Exploration des Sonnensystems
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Experimentelle Planetenphysik
Deposited By: de Vera, Dr. Jean Pierre Paul
Deposited On:27 Sep 2013 11:58
Last Modified:01 Dec 2018 19:49

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