Raman-Mineral-Biology Detection Lab

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

About the Laboratory

Raman-Mineral-Biology Detection Lab

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


  • Tbd
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The core of the laboratory is a Raman micro-spectrometer. The spectrometer is equipped with a cryostat serving as a planetary simulation chamber which permits simulation of environmental conditions on planetary surfaces, namely pressure (10⁻⁶ hPa – 1000 hPa), atmospheric constituents, and temperature (4 K – 500 K). The laboratory is also equipped with preparation facilities for analog materials. The samples which are analyzed in the laboratory range from minerals, Martian analog material, meteorites, biological samples (e.g. carotene, naringenin, lichens, bacteria, archaea and other) and samples returned from the asteroid Itokawa (Hayabusa samples).


  • Optical Microscope
    Light Microscope

  • LRMA, Laser-Raman Spectrometer

Analytical Methods

  • Light Microscopy

  • LRMA, Laser Raman Microanalysis, Laser-Raman Spectroscopy, Raman

Laboratory Keywords

  • Confocal Raman Microscope
  • Confocal Raman Microscopy
  • Confocal Raman Spectroscopy
  • Life-detection
  • Mineral-detection
  • Raman Microscopy