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The SuperCam Infrared Spectrometer for the Perseverance Rover of the Mars2020 mission

By SpaceRef Editor
November 2, 2021
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Thierry Fouchet, Jean-Michel Reess, Franck Montmessin, Rafik Hassen-Khodja, Napoléon Nguyen-Tuong, Olivier Humeau, Sophie Jacquinod, Laurent Lapauw, Jérôme Parisot, Marion Bonafous, Pernelle Bernardi, Frédéric Chapron, Alexandre Jeanneau, Claude Collin, Didier Zeganadin, Patricia Nibert, Sadok Abbaki, Christophe Montaron, Cyrille Blanchard, Vartan Arslanyan, Ourdya Achelhi, Claudine Colon, Clément Royer, Vincent Hamm, Mehdi Bouzit, François Poulet, Cédric Pilorget, Lucia Mandon, Olivier Forni, Agnès Cousin, Olivier Gasnault, Paolo Pilleri, Bruno Dubois, Cathy Quantin, Pierre Beck, Olivier Beyssac, Stéphane Le Mouélic, Jeffrey R. Johnsson, Timothy H. McConnochie, Sylvestre Maurice, Roger C. Wiens

We present the Infrared spectrometer of SuperCam Instrument Suite that enables the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover to study remotely the Martian mineralogy within the Jezero crater. The SuperCam IR spectrometer is designed to acquire spectra in the 1.3-2.6 μm domain at a spectral resolution ranging from 5 to 20~nm. The field-of-view of 1.15 mrad, is coaligned with the boresights of the other remote-sensing techniques provided by SuperCam: laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, remote time-resolved Raman and luminescence spectroscopies, and visible reflectance spectroscopy, and micro-imaging. The IR spectra can be acquired from the robotic-arm workspace to long-distances, in order to explore the mineralogical diversity of the Jezero crater, guide the Perseverance Rover in its sampling task, and to document the samples’ environment. We present the design, the performance, the radiometric calibration, and the anticipated operations at the surface of Mars.

Comments: Accepted for publication in Icarus

Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)

Cite as: arXiv:2110.15428 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:2110.15428v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)

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From: Thierry Fouchet 

[v1] Thu, 28 Oct 2021 20:35:48 UTC (20,571 KB)


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