25 February 2022
Scientists of the LZH have developed a laser to detect water in the polar regions of the Moon. Used in the project partners’ measuring instrument, the system has already been successfully tested on regolith samples.
The probability of finding volatiles such as water on the moon is highest in the polar regions, as they are frozen. These substances can be detected, for example, using the “laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy” (LIBS) method. To this end, the scientists in the Solid-State Lasers group have designed and built a laser model.