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Overview of the Mars 2020 mission micro-XRF instrument PIXL

Wade, Lawrence and Allwood, Abogail and Foote, Marc and Dawson, Douglas and Liebe, Christian and Ek, Eric and Schein, Michael and Pootrakul, Shane and Hernandez, Brenda and Sharrow, Robert (2016) Overview of the Mars 2020 mission micro-XRF instrument PIXL. In: 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, March 13-17, 2016, San Diego, CA.

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PIXL (Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochem.) is a micro-focus X-ray fluorescence instrument for examg. fine scale chem. variations in rocks and soils on planetary surfaces. Selected for flight on the Mars 2020 rover science payload, PIXL can measure elemental chem. of tiny features obsd. in rocks, such as individual sand grains, veinlets, cements, concretions and crystals. The PIXL sensor head is mounted on the turret at the end of the Mars 2020 rover arm. It combines a novel, 28 kV power supply (S. Battel, University of Michigan) with a newly developed side-window, grounded-cathode x-ray tube (Moxtek), and a polycapillary xray optic (XOS) to generate a 120 mm diam. x-ray beam that is rastered over a 24 mm x 24 mm field of view. Two SDD detectors are used to collect the fluoresced spectra and an optical fiducial subsystem is used to image rock morphol., guide placement of PIXL, and det. the x-ray beam location on the targeted surface. The overall PIXL design, performance and operational concepts will be presented, along with a summary of development test results.

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