Planetary Environment Facilities at Aarhus University operates a unique experimental facility capable of re-creating the conditions found on other planets or extreme terrestrial environments. This facility is used for collaborative research by both the scientific and industrial communities, including space agencies (ESA, NASA). Specifically the facility is capable of recreating the key physical parameters such as temperature, pressure (composition), wind flow and importantly the suspension/transport of dust or sand particulates.

It supports a broad range of research topics including Planetology, Volcanology, Meteorology and the study of Aerosols. Laser based optoelectronic instrumentation is used to quantify and monitor flow and particle suspension.

New capabilities developed under Europlanet H2020 RI are;

  • An independent air cooling system (for atmospheric temperature control)
  • A high speed imaging system and PIV capabilities
  • A UV solar simulator for aerosol exposure and other experiments.

For more information regarding access contact: Jon Merrison

Green laser being used to monitor particle flow inside the chamber, b with Jon Merrison for scaleGreen laser being used to monitor particle flow inside the chamber, b with Jon Merrison for scale