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Global Mg/Si and Al/Si Distributions on Lunar Surface Derived from Chang’E -2 X-ray Spectrometer

By SpaceRef Editor
January 5, 2016
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Wu-Dong Dong, Xiaoping Zhang, Meng-Hua Zhu, Aoao Xu, Zesheng Tang
(Submitted on 4 Aug 2015)

X-ray fluorescence remote sensing technique plays a significant role in the chemical compositions research of the Moon. Here we describe the data analysis method for China’s Chang’E-2 X-ray spectrometer (CE2XRS) in detail and present the preliminary results: the first global Mg/Si and Al/Si maps on the lunar surface. Our results show that the distributions of Mg/Si and Al/Si correlate well with the terrains of the Moon. The higher Mg/Si ratio corresponding to the mare regions while the lower value corresponding to the highland terrains. The map of Al/Si ratio shows a reverse relationship with the map of Mg/Si ratio.

Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM)
Cite as: arXiv:1508.00678 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1508.00678v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
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From: Wu-Dong Dong
[v1] Tue, 4 Aug 2015 06:46:02 GMT (3075kb)

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