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Calibration of the Mars Science Laboratory Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer

Campbell, John; Perrett, Glynis; Gellert, Ralph; Andrushenko, Stefan; Boyd, Nicholas I; Maxwell, John; King, Penelope; Schofield, Celeste


The alpha-particle X-ray spectrometer (APXS) for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission was calibrated for routine analysis of: Na, Mg, Al, Si, P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe, Ni, Zn, Br, Rb, Sr, and Y. The following elements were also calibrated, but may be too low to be measured (10s-100s ppm) for their usual abundance on Mars: V, Cu, Ga, As, Se and W. An extensive suite of geological reference materials, supplemented by pure chemical elements and compounds was used. Special attention was...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Space Science Reviews
DOI: 10.1007/s11214-012-9873-5


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