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Title: Combined LIBS-Raman for remote detection and characterization of biological samples

Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Raman Spectroscopy have rich histories in the analysis of a wide variety of samples in both in situ and remote configurations. Our team is working on building a deployable, integrated Raman and LIBS spectrometer (RLS) for the parallel elucidation of elemental and molecular signatures under Earth and Martian surface conditions. Herein, results from remote LIBS and Raman analysis of biological samples such as amino acids, small peptides, mono- and disaccharides, and nucleic acids acquired under terrestrial and Mars conditions are reported, giving rise to some interesting differences. A library of spectra and peaks of interest were compiled, and will be used to inform the analysis of more complex systems, such as large peptides, dried bacterial spores, and biofilms. Lastly, these results will be presented and future applications will be discussed, including the assembly of a combined RLS spectroscopic system and stand-off detection in a variety of environments.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0277-786X
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Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 9328; Conference: Photonics West 2015, San Francisco, CA (United States), 7 Feb 2015; Journal ID: ISSN 0277-786X
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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United States
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy; Raman spectroscopy; LIBS; Raman; biological; remote sensing; amino acids; proteins