TA2 Facility 24 – Stirling Planetary Ices Laboratory
Average visit: 5 days
The Stirling Planetary Ices Laboratory is used to investigate thermophysical processes of planets and minor bodies. Its facilities have been used to simulate the environmental conditions on Earth, Mars, comets and asteroids.The equipment available for investigations (see images) includes:
1. Dirty thermal vacuum chamber (DTVC) with cold shroud, capable of maintaining atmospheric pressures from 10E-5 to 10E3 mbar at temperatures as low as -140ºC. The chamber can accommodate experiments up to approx. 58 cm dia x 40 cm height. Mars atmospheric conditions can be maintained for several days;
2. LS1000R3 1000W Full Spectrum Solar Simulator to provide controlled solar input with zero airmass;
3. Ice making equipment for producing water and carbon dioxide ices of various morphologies;
4. Cold storage equipment for temperatures from -86ºC to room temperature;
5. Thermal and mechanical measurement suite, UV-VIS spectrometer.
Our facility comprises the Mössbauer Spectroscopy laboratory for Earth and Environment (MoSEE). The lab includes:
6. MIMOS II, a miniaturised Mössbauer spectrometer flown on NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers;
7. Wissel transmission Mössbauer spectrometer with cryostat (4.2K to room temperature).
MIMOS II allows for non-destructive measurements of e.g. whole rock samples or meteorites. For the Wissel spectrometer, samples need to be powderized.
Dr Axel Hagermann, Dr Christian Schröder, University of Stirling, Biological And Environmental Sciences, Stirling FK9 4LA, Scotland, UK.
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