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NASA to Use Polychromix Spectrometers in Lunar Ice Search
Oct 2006
Polychromix Inc. of Wilmington, Mass., a developer of spectroscopy devices, announced it will collaborate with NASA to provide Digital Transform Spectrometers (DTS) for determining water content on the surface of the moon. NASA will outfit the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite's (LCROSS) research vehicle used to search for ice at the moon's south pole with Polychromix near-infrared (NIR) spectrometers. NASA's search for lunar ice, which astronauts could drink and convert to rocket fuel, is designed to settle an intense debate in the astrophysics community. The LCROSS mission involves dropping a payload at the pole to produce a material cloud that can be analyzed for water content. Polychromix introduced their spectrometers, powered by MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) technology, one year ago. Key applications for the devices include quality control, recycling, pharmaceuticals and other test and measurement uses.

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...
A kind of spectrograph in which some form of detector, other than a photographic film, is used to measure the distribution of radiation in a particular wavelength region.
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