CAPS Facilities

The CAPS group runs a Light Gas Gun for studying the effects of hypervelocity impacts on ices and rock surfaces, to simulate planetary body cratering processes. This is also used to study the survivability of various kinds of bacteria to hypervelocity impacts, to understand whether extraterretrial life forms can survive the stresses encountered on re-entry from outside the Earth's atmosphere. Non-destructive capture of hypervelocity particles can be carried out using Aerogel.
Our Raman Spectrocopy Suite is equipped with a high-resolution analytical Raman microscope that allows us to carry out non-destructive characterisation of mineral, meteorite and cometary samples.
Links to the various techniques and facilities can be found by selecting links below: