Alluxa’s Optical Filters Land on Mars

Notes From the CEO

Alluxa’s Optical Filters Land on Mars

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Customers of Alluxa,

I’m pleased to announce Alluxa’s optical filters, specially designed for the advanced fluorescence spectrometer on the Mars Perseverance Rover, landed safely on Mars, Feb. 18th, 2021.

Alluxa’s filters help enable non-contact detection and characterization of organics and minerals on Mars’ surface. Developed in conjunction with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, the SHERLOC instrument, part of the Perseverance payload, is a Deep UV (DUV) resonance Raman and fluorescence spectrometer that will scan for past life on Mars and help identify rock samples for possible return to Earth.

NASA’s Perseverance rover operating on the surface of Mars


This illustration depicts NASA’s Perseverance rover operating on the surface of Mars. Perseverance landed at the Red Planet’s Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021.

All of us at Alluxa are delighted to have worked hand-in-hand with JPL to develop a specialized notch filter with ultra-high transmission, which will aid in groundbreaking discoveries on Mars via the Perseverance Rover’s SHERLOC imager. We are proud to have been part of this historic mission.
Check out the Press Release to learn more: Alluxa’s Optical Filters Landed on Mars.