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Center Innovation Fund: ARC CIF

Raman Life Detection Instrument Development for Icy Worlds

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Raman Life Detection Instrument Development for Icy Worlds
We propose to develop the 1064 nm fiber laser Raman instrument capability to non-destructively analyze individual, micron-size particles in suspension of flow channel. In addition to obtaining Raman spectral information, physical manipulation (e.g. particle sorting) with the laser tweezers is possible with the single laser source. Raman spectral analysis obtained on the optically trap the particles in a flow channel greatly minimizes instrumentation complexity. We choose cyanobacteria as a model life organism for Icy World mission. The fiber Raman instrument will measure its molecular marker hopanoids and mimic an integration with the ARC SPLice More »

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