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Reflectance spectroscopy (0.35–8μm) of ammonium-bearing minerals and qualitative comparison to Ceres-like asteroids

Authors
  • Breanne L, Berg
  • Edward A, Cloutis
  • Pierre, Beck
  • Pierre, Vernazza
  • Janice Bishop
  • Driss, Takir
  • Vishnu, Reddy
  • Daniel, Applin
  • Paul, Mann
Type
Published Article
Journal
Icarus
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Feb 29, 2016
Volume
265
Pages
218–237
Source
SETI Institute
License
Unknown

Abstract

Ammonium-bearing minerals have been suggested to be present on Mars, Ceres, and various asteroids and comets. We undertook a systematic study of the spectral reflectance properties of ammonium-bearing minerals and compounds that have possible planetary relevance (ie, ammonium carbonates, chlorides, nitrates, oxalates, phosphates, silicates, and sulfates). Various synthetic and natural NH 4+-bearing minerals were analyzed using reflectance spectroscopy in the long-wave ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared ...

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