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Cathodoluminescence properties of components in enstatite chondritesAs a group, the enstatite chondrites are notable by the extremely low FeO content of most of their silicates. This property predisposes many of these materials to emit Cathodoluminescence (CL). Since examination of the CL properties of meteoritic components in ordinary and carbonaceous chondrites have proven to be a useful technique, we have initiated a survey of the enstatite chondrites in order to better characterize the chemical and physical properties of their luminescing phases. Because of the diversity encountered in this study, it is first necessary to describe the number and types of materials observed to emit CL in these meteorites. Two CL techniques were used. First, the initial survey work was conducted at low magnification using a Nuclide (now MAAS) Luminoscope mounted to a Wild MP binocular microscope equipped for photomicroscopy. The beam conditions used were 14 +/- KeV and 7 +/- 1 milliamps, with the beam focussed to the diameter of the field of view of the microscope at 20x (appox. 1.25 cm). Photomosaics were produced for each section using Ecktar 1000 film and an exposure time of 15 to 30 seconds. Second, high magnification (400x) photos were obtained of individual components of interest by mounting a 35mm camera to the optical system of the Cameca Camebax microprobe located at the Johnson Space Center. Beam conditions used were 15 KeV and 600 nA. Ecktar 1000 film was also used, but exposure times of 6 minutes were necessary to produce a useful image. The components in E chondrites that produce CL can be divided into four broad categories. These are clasts and aggregates, chondrules, matrix components, and refractory objects. Components in each category are discussed.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Dehart, John M.
(Arkansas Univ. Fayetteville, AR, United States)
Lofgren, Gary E.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Twenty-fourth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Part 1: A-F
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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