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    X-ray fluorescence observations of the moon by SMART-1/D-CIXS and the first detection of Ti Kα from the lunar surface

    Swinyard, B.M. and Joy, K.H. and Kellett, B.J. and Crawford, Ian and Grande, M. and Howe, C.J. and Fernandes, V.A. and Gasnault, O. and Lawrence, D.J. and Russell, S.S. and Wieczorek, M. and Foing, B.H. (2009) X-ray fluorescence observations of the moon by SMART-1/D-CIXS and the first detection of Ti Kα from the lunar surface. Planetary and Space Science 57 (7), pp. 744-750. ISSN 0032-0633.

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    Abstract

    The demonstration of a compact imaging X-ray spectrometer (D-CIXS), which flew on ESA's SMART-1 mission to the Moon (Racca et al., 2001; Foing et al., 2006), was designed to test innovative new technologies for orbital X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. D-CIXS conducted observations of the lunar surface from January 2005 until SMART-1 impacted the Moon in September 2006. Here, we present scientific observations made during two solar flare events and show the first detection of Titanium Kα from the lunar surface. We discuss the geological implications of these results. We also discuss how experience from D-CIXS has aided the design of a similar instrument (Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer (C1XS)) that was launched on the 22nd October 2008 on India's Chandrayaan-1 mission to the Moon.

    Metadata

    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): XRF spectroscopy, moon, space missions, lunar science
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2011 14:35
    Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 09:40
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/1779

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