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Elemental and isotopic abundances in the solar windThe use of collecting foils and lunar material to assay the isotopic composition of the solar wind is reviewed. Arguments are given to show that lunar surface correlated gases are likely to be most useful in studying the history of the solar wind, though the isotopic abundances are thought to give a good approximation to the solar wind composition. The results of the analysis of Surveyor material are also given. The conditions leading to a significant component of the interstellar gas entering the inner solar system are reviewed and suggestions made for experimental searches for this fraction. A critical discussion is given of the different ways in which the basic solar composition could be modified by fractionation taking place between the sun's surface and points of observation such as on the Moon or in interplanetary space. An extended review is made of the relation of isotopic and elemental composition of the interplanetary gas to the dynamic behavior of the solar corona, especially processes leading to fractionation. Lastly, connection is made between the subject of composition, nucleosynthesis and the convective zone of the sun, and processes leading to modification of initial accretion of certain gases on the Earth and Moon.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Geiss, J.
(Bern Univ. Bern, Switzerland)
Date Acquired
August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1972
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Ames Res. Center Solar Wind
Subject Category
Space Radiation
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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