How well do we know the polar hydrogen distribution on the Moon?

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A detailed comparison is made of results from the Lunar Prospector Neutron Spectrometer (LPNS) and the Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector Collimated Sensors for EpiThermal Neutrons (LEND CSETN).

Using the autocorrelation function and power spectrum of the polar count rate maps produced by these experiments, it is shown that the LEND CSETN has a footprint that is at least as big as would be expected for an omni-directional detector at an orbital altitude of 50 km.

The collimated flux into the field of view of the collimator is negligible. Arguments put forward asserting otherwise are considered and found wanting for various reasons. The maps of lunar polar hydrogen with the highest contrast, i.e. spatial resolution, are those resulting from pixon image reconstructions of the LPNS data. These typically provide weight percentages of water equivalent hydrogen that are accurate to 30% within the polar craters.

L.F.A. Teodoro, V.R.Eke, R.C. Elphic, W.C. Feldman, D.J Lawrence
(Submitted on 30 Apr 2013)

Comments: 12 pages, 13 figures
Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as: arXiv:1304.8123 [astro-ph.EP]

(or arXiv:1304.8123v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Luis Teodoro [view email]
[v1] Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:20:12 GMT (703kb,D)

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