• Solar wind and cosmogenic rare gases in Luna 16 and 20 soils and their correlation with cosmic ray produced fossil tracks in lunar samples

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      Solar wind gases; lunar soils; cosmic ray exposure ages; solar cosmic ray tracks

    • Abstract

       

      The elemental and isotopic composition of Ne, Ar, Kr and Xe were measured in the bulk soil samples obtained from Luna 16 and 20 missions. The average cosmic ray exposure ages for the Luna 16 soils is higher than that of Luna 20 soils. The trapped solar wind composition is deduced by correcting for the cosmogenic component and is found to be in good agreement with the values published by others. The correlation between the solar wind gases and cosmic ray tracks in lunar samples is quantitatively studied and some systematic features regarding lunar regolith dynamics are tentatively established.

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      J K Agrawal1 K Gopalan1 M N Rao1

      1. Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad - 380009
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  • Pramana – Journal of Physics | News

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