If it’s successful, the discovery could play an important role in putting a man on Mars.
With nearly twice the energy of normal, bent-shaped ozone, cyclic ozone could hold the key component for a future manned mission to Mars.
No one has ever seen — let alone made — cyclic ozone. But that could all change at Temple’s Center for Advanced Photonics Research, which has been awarded a one-year, $1.25 million grant to develop cyclic ozone by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration.
The research is being carried out under the guidance of center director Robert J. Levis, a pioneer in strong-field, laser-based chemistry and adaptive photonics. [more]