Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and Raman spectroscopy have a high potential for in situ geochemical and mineralogical analyses for planetary exploration, in particular when combined. These techniques provide complementary information about elemental composition (LIBS) and molecular structure (Raman).
The junior research group „LIBS and Raman Spectroscopy for Robotic Exploration of the Solar System“ focuses on the research and development of LIBS and Raman spectroscopy for in-situ exploration of Solar System bodies. We are currently developing a compact and light-weight LIBS-Raman instrument with a high-resolution close-up imager for application in in-situ robotic exploration of planets, moons, or asteroids. Coordinated LIBS and Raman laboratory studies are done, with a focus on currently relevant questions in the context of present and upcoming planetary missions.