Elemental and phase analysis of a Northwest-Africa 2086 meteorite

Zetium and Empyrean

Meteorites are records of the processes which occured in the early stages of the formation of the solar system. What makes them interesting is that they typically preserve the original chemistry and mineral phases over billions of years since they typically do not undergo geological transformations in space. By studying their elemental composition and mineral phases a better understanding of how the solar system was formed can be obtained.

X -ray diffraction (XRD) is a common technique used to investigate phase composition of meteorites but does not provide elemental analysis. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy is a well-recognized technique used to determine the elemental composition of rocks. 


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