Tuesday, May 28, 2013

1305.6218 (S. Narendranath et al.)

Mapping lunar surface chemistry: new prospects with the Chandrayaan-2 Large Area Soft x-ray Spectrometer (CLASS)    [PDF]

S. Narendranath, P. S. Athiray, P. Sreekumar, V. Radhakrishnaa, A. Tyagi, B. J. Kellett, the CLASS team
Surface chemistry of airless bodies in the solar system can be derived from remote x-ray spectral measurements from an orbiting spacecraft. X- rays from planetary surfaces are excited primarily by solar x-rays. Several experiments in the past have used this technique of x-ray fluorescence for deriving abundances of the major rock forming elements. The Chandrayaan- 2 orbiter carries an x-ray fluorescence experiment named CLASS that is designed based on results from its predecessor C1XS flown on Chandrayaan-1. We discuss the new aspects of lunar science that can be potentially achieved with CLASS.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.6218

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