Erica, Espectroscopía Raman e Infrarroja aplicado a Cosmogeoquímica y Astrobiología, is a research group belonging to the Condensed Matter Physics, Crystallography and Mineralogy Department of the University of Valladolid. The group is leaded by Prof. Fernando Rull and its area of specialization is the application of advanced spectroscpy techniques, mainly vibrational spectroscopy and Laser Induced Breackdown Spectroscopy, to planetary exploration.
Our group is currently participating in the development of two instruments that will be on board of two missions to Mars. The first one is the RLS instrument that will be part of the scientific payload of ESA’s next mission to Mars, Exomars, and the second one is Supercam that will be onboard of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover.
Besides of our works in space exploration, Erica is currently participating in several projects with different industries as part of this group compromise with the technology transfer of advanced spectroscopy from the lab to the factory.