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Development of a laboratory-based XRF facility for measuring elemental abundance ratios in planetary analogue powder samples
Author(s): T. E. Walker; D. R. Smith
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the use of a swept-charge device (SCD) silicon X-ray detector in a laboratory based X-ray fluorescence (XRF) facility for calculating elemental abundance ratios from planetary analogue powder samples. The facility was developed to support the Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer (C1XS) detector development and calibration activities prior to the flight of the instrument onboard the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chandrayaan-1 mission to the Moon in 2008. The test facility has subsequently been used to carry out XRF analysis of homogenous samples made from mixtures of MgO, Al2O3 and SiO2 powders, all of grain size <44 μm, across a range of mixture ratios and at a high level of X-ray flux data in order to develop an algorithm which will allow the calculation of elemental abundance ratios. This paper also presents an analysis of XRF data collected from lunar regolith simulant JSC-1A and an Etna Basalt powder sample to enable calibration of various model parameters. The operation of the SCD, the XRF test facility, the sample preparation methodology and the process of obtaining elemental abundance ratios from planetary analogue samples using the test facility are discussed in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8453, High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy V, 845319 (25 September 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.926978
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T. E. Walker, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)
D. R. Smith, Brunel Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8453:
High Energy, Optical, and Infrared Detectors for Astronomy V
Andrew D. Holland; James W. Beletic, Editor(s)

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