Coupling of imaging NEXAFS with secondary ion mass spectrometry for the chemical and isotopic analysis of presolar cosmic grains

Thomas Berg, Jochen Maul, Nicole Erdmann, Pasqual Bernhard, Stefan Schuppler, Peter Nagel, Christa Sudek, Ulrich Ott, Gerd Schönhense

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We present first results of the combination of imaging photoemission electron spectroscopy with imaging mass spectrometry. Imaging NEXAFS was combined with TOF-SIMS in order to perform a spatially resolved chemical and isotopic analysis of microscopic grain samples. Imaging NEXAFS was used for the nondestructive lateral characterization of mineral phases prior to isotopically resolved mass analysis by imaging TOF-SIMS. This novel approach was demonstrated by performing a chemical and isotopic analysis of the rare presolar grain fraction present in the Murchison meteorite.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-124
Number of pages6
JournalAnalytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2006



  • Mineral phases
  • PEEM
  • Presolar grains

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

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