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Steve Bender

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Senior Research Associate

Currently resides in NM
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Mars
Disciplines/Techniques: Spectroscopy
Missions: MSL
Mission Roles: Calibration/Test planning, Data validation, Electronics design, Instrument operations, Optical design
Instruments: Spectrometers

Research Interests

Steve Bender is engaged in continuing support of the MSL ChemCam intrument. This includes instrument health monitoring, data processing, design of scientific experiments in collaboration with external PIs and daily collection strategy contributions. Personal interests relative to ChemCam include surface morphology and its impact on passive spectrometery and the impact of detector noise on texture characterization. Additional interests include participating in the development of a laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) reference database. 

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