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Polychromix Provides Spectrometers for NASA

Photonics Spectra
Jan 2007
Polychromix Inc. of Wilmington, Mass., has partnered with NASA to provide digital transform spectrometers, powered by microelectromechanical systems, to identify the presence of water ice on the moon’s surface. Under the agreement, the Washington-based agency will incorporate Polychromix’s compact, low-power-consumption near-IR spectrometers in its Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. The mission involves dropping a payload on the lunar surface to create a material cloud for analysis. NASA is exploring lunar ice as a possible resource for astronauts in future missions.



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The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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