The Remote Sensing Applications team develops remote sensing technologies and algorithms. We design and field new types of remote sensing instruments whose aim is to detect spectral or optical signatures of importance in proliferation detection and other defense missions such as battlefield threats and intelligence gathering. Theoretical research is aimed at the development of detection algorithms (for gas chemicals, solid materials, and others) to extract signals from high levels of background clutter.
Mars Rover and ChemCam on the cover of Science Magazine twice in five months. Science Magazine published research on the diversity of Martian soils and sediments from data collected from NASA’s Curiosity rover, revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its interior to the current interaction between the Martian surface and atmosphere. The Los Alamos team manages ChemCam, one of the most important Rover instruments and has captured information on such things as the composition of newly found feldspar-rich rocks, the conglomerate beds of an ancient riverbed, and the hydration state of Mars dust and soils. The team won a Distinguished Performance Award in 2013 as well.