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In Situ Raman Spectroscopy Monitoring of Material Changes During Proton Irradiation

Abstract : Organic molecules are prime targets in the search for life on other planetary bodies in the Solar System. Understanding their preservation potential and detectability after ionic irradiation, with fluences potentially representing those received for several millions to billions of years at Mars or in interplanetary space, is a crucial goal for astrobiology research. In order to be able to perform in situ characterization of such organic molecules under ionic irradiation in the near future, a feasibility experiment was performed with polymer test samples to validate the optical configuration and the irradiation chamber geometry. We present here a Raman in situ investigation of the evolution of a series of polymers during proton irradiation. To achieve this goal, a new type of Raman optical probe was designed, which documented that proton irradiation (with a final fluence of 3.10 14 at·cm –2 ) leads to an increase in the background level of the signal, potentially explained by the scission of the polymeric chains and by atom displacements creating defects in the materials. To improve the setup further, a micro-Raman probe and a temperature-controlled sample holder are under development to provide higher spectral and spatial resolutions (by reducing the depth of field and laser spot size), to permit Raman mapping as well as to avoid any thermal effects.
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Aurélien Canizarès, Frédéric Foucher, Mickael Baqué, Jean-Pierre de Vera, Thierry Sauvage, et al.. In Situ Raman Spectroscopy Monitoring of Material Changes During Proton Irradiation. Applied Spectroscopy, Society for Applied Spectroscopy, 2022, pp.000370282110629. ⟨10.1177/00037028211062943⟩. ⟨hal-03560256⟩

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