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Cosmic dust toolbox; microanalytical instruments and methods

Andrew J. Westphal, Gregory F. Herzog and George J. Flynn
Cosmic dust toolbox; microanalytical instruments and methods (in Cosmic dust, Susan Taylor (editor), Donald E. Brownlee (editor) and George J. Flynn (editor))
Elements (June 2016) 12 (3): 197-202


When cosmic dust particles were first identified almost 140 years ago, few would have predicted that much would ever be known about these miniscule objects, given the existing state of the art in analytical techniques. Times have changed. Today, in a single extraterrestrial dust particle, we can detect all the elements present, measure isotopic ratios, determine the exact crystalline structures of the minerals and the oxidation state of cations in those minerals, and even resolve individual atoms. The results are telling fascinating stories about the nature and histories of the particles that come to Earth. We review the most common techniques that help unravel these cosmic stories.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 12
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Cosmic dust toolbox; microanalytical instruments and methods
Title: Cosmic dust
Author(s): Westphal, Andrew J.Herzog, Gregory F.Flynn, George J.
Author(s): Taylor, Susaneditor
Author(s): Brownlee, Donald E.editor
Author(s): Flynn, George J.editor
Affiliation: University of California at Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, United States
Affiliation: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, Hanover, NH, United States
Pages: 197-202
Published: 201606
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 33
Accession Number: 2016-070942
Categories: Extraterrestrial geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Secondary Affiliation: Rutgers University, USA, United StatesState University of New York at Plattsburgh, USA, United States
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201634
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