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Ion-beam analysis of meteoritic and lunar samples

Tombrello, T. A. (1980) Ion-beam analysis of meteoritic and lunar samples. Nuclear Instruments and Methods, 168 (1-3). pp. 459-467. ISSN 0029-554X. doi:10.1016/0029-554X(80)91294-X.

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The unambiguity with which some nuclear reactions may be identified often permits their use as highly sensitive and selective analytical tools for the determination of trace element concentrations in complex materials. In this report examples are given of the use of charged particle-induced nuclear reactions in attacking particular problems in astrophysics and planetary science. These problems include the determination of elemental abundances of boron and flourine in carbonaceous chondritic meteorites, the identification of products of lunar vulcanism, and the study of solar wind-implanted atoms in lunar materials. This technique will be seen to be an important supplement to other methods of elemental and isotopic analysis — especially for cases involving light elements at very low concentrations and where high resolution depth distribution information is needed in non-destructive analyses.

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Additional Information:© 1980 Published by Elsevier B.V. The work summarized in this paper is based on a decade of research in our laboratory that has involved the efforts of colleagues, visitors, and students. I want to draw special attention to the association with D. S. Burnett, who has been an equal partner in all the research projects described. The fact that virtually all the research was related to thesis projects has contributed enormously to its continued vitality; these students were D. A. Leich, R. H. Goldberg, M. R. Weller and M. Furst. In addition, the hard-won success in the carbon analyses is due in large part to the efforts of several visitors: R. Ollerhead, C. Filleux, and R. Spear. Supported in part by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NGR-05-002-333] and the National Science Foundation [PHY76-83685].
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