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Methane Origin Instrument (MOI): Methane Isotope and Hydrocarbon Analyzer for Mars Exploration, Phase I

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Methane Origin Instrument (MOI): Methane Isotope and Hydrocarbon Analyzer for Mars Exploration, Phase I
In this Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) effort, Los Gatos Research (LGR) proposes to employ mid-infrared Off-Axis Integrated Cavity Output Spectroscopy (Off-Axis ICOS) to develop a compact, rugged analyzer to quantify low concentrations of 12CH4 (methane), 13CH4 (delta_13C of methane), C2H6 (ethane), C3H8 (propane), and C4H10 (butane) in the gas phase. This portable instrument will provide rapid (0.1 – 1 Hz), highly-accurate quantification of these gasses with minimal external ca More »

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