Planetary Emissivity Laboratory

DLR - German Aerospace Center
last updated: July 19, 2023

About the Laboratory

Planetary Emissivity Laboratory

DLR - German Aerospace Center
@ Institute of Planetary Research / Planetary Laboratories
This Laboratory is part of:


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The Planetary Emissivity Laboratory (PEL) is a special sub-session of the Planetary Spectroscopy Laboratory (PSL) of the DLR in Berlin, devoted to emissivity measurements in of samples from low/moderate to high temperature (temperature range from 300 to above 1000 Kelvin).
Emissivity measurements are recorded by using an external emissivity chamber (DLR-custom-designed) attached to a Bruker Vertex80V FTIR from the visible to the far-IR (from 0.4 to 150 µm), with a high SNR. Induction system is used to heat up stainless steel cups containing the sample.
Currently an In-Xitu’s Terra portable X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) instrument is available at PEL for sample characterization.


  • Planetary Simulation Chamber

Analytical Methods

  • X-Ray Fluorescence Analysis, XRF Spectroscopy

  • X-Ray Diffraction Analysis

Laboratory Keywords

  • Emissivity
  • External Emissivity Chamber