Chemical Composition of Micrometer-Sized Filaments in an Aragonite Host by a Miniature Laser Ablation/Ionization Mass Spectrometer

Researchers at University of Bern and co-workers used Clark-MXR Model CPA-Series laser to carry out Laser Ablation/Ionization Mass Spectrometry in the quest to search for extraterrestrial life. Tulej Marek, Neubeck Anna, Ivarsson Magnus, Riedo Andreas, Neuland Maike B., Meyer Stefan, and Wurz Peter. Astrobiology. August 2015, 15(8): 669-682. ABSTRACT Detection of extraterrestrial life is an ongoing goal in space exploration, and there is a need for advanced instruments and methods for the detection of signatures of life based on chemical and isotopic composition. Here, we present the first investigation of chemical composition of putative [...]