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Raman spectroscopy in biogeology and astrobiology

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Isabelle Daniel
Isabelle Daniel
Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon: Terre, Planètes, Environnement – UMR 5276, CNRS – UCB Lyon1 – ENS de Lyon, 43 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex, France, e-mail: Isabelle.Daniel@univ-lyon1.fr
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Howell G.M. Edwards
Howell G.M. Edwards
Centre for Astrobiology and Extremophiles Research, School of Life Sciences, University of Bradford, Bradford BD7 1DP, UK, and Department of Physics and Astronomy, Space Sciences Research Centre, University fo Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK, e-mail: h.g.m.edwards@bradford.ac.uk
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Published:
January 01, 2012

Abstract

Although Raman spectroscopy has been applied to mineral specimens and their characterization for many years, there is now a renewed impetus for the development of the technique in the area of astrobiology and geobiology because of the development of new techniques allowing intracellular investigations as well as the detection of minute amounts of biological molecules, and because of its proposed adoption in space missions as part of the instrumentation suite of remote planetary landers and rovers for the identification of spectral signatures in the search for extant and extinct extraterrestrial life. The ability of Raman spectroscopy to recognize the presence of biological colonies and their biogeological modifications in host mineral matrices in terrestrial environmental extreme locations has been applied to the characterization of key biomolecular protectants for extremophiles in Mars analogue sites. The historical basis for astrobiology and the development of Raman spectroscopic techniques for the interrogation of relevant biogeological materials will be surveyed.

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European Mineralogical Union Notes in Mineralogy

Raman spectroscopy applied to Earth sciences and cultural heritage

J. Dubessy
J. Dubessy
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M.-C. Caumon
M.-C. Caumon
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F. Rull
F. Rull
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Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Volume
12
ISBN electronic:
9780903056366
Publication date:
January 01, 2012

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