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At room temperature the 57Fe Mössbauer spectrum of chromite particles separated from the Martian meteorite Allan Hills 84001 is different from the Mössbauer spectrum of natural chromite. One hypothesis for this discrepancy is that the chromite in Allan Hills 84001 is found in a disordered or even amorphous state, possibly caused by a shock event. As a test of this hypothesis, we have attempted to amorphize natural chromite by ion implantation. 57Fe emission Mössbauer spectra of chromite implanted with radioactive precursor 57Mn ions have been measured. The spectra can be analyzed in terms of two contributions, a crystalline chromite fraction and a disordered fraction, attributed to disordered iron-chromium oxide or amorphous zones created by the implantation process. The Mössbauer parameters of the amorphous fraction are indistinguishable from those deduced from the spectrum of the chromite …
Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 
1 Sep 2008

HP Gunnlaugsson, C Bender Koch, K Bharuth-Ram, M Dietrich, Ö Helgason, MB Madsen, R Mantovan, D Naidoo, S Steinthorsson, L Vistisen, G Weyer

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Volume: 186 Issue: 1-3 Pages: 9-14
Hyperfine Interactions