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Publication Citation: Remote sensing of chiral signatures on Mars

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Author(s): William Sparks; James H. Hough; Thomas A. Germer; Frank Robb; Ludmilla Kolokolova;
Title: Remote sensing of chiral signatures on Mars
Published: November 01, 2012
Abstract: We describe circular polarization as a remote sensing diagnostic of chiral signatures which may be applied to Mars. The remarkable phenomenon of homochirality provides a unique biosignature which can be amenable to remote sensing through circular polarization spectroscopy. Observations of selected areas of the Mars surface could reveal chiral signatures and hence explore the possibility of extant or preserved biological material.
Citation: Planetary and Space Science
Volume: 72
Pages: pp. 111 - 115
Keywords: Homochirality; Mars; Polarimetry
Research Areas: Life Sciences Research, Optical Physics, Remote Sensing
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2012.08.010  (Note: May link to a non-U.S. Government webpage)