Hyperfine Interactions

, Volume 67, Issue 1–4, pp 463–466 | Cite as

Analysis of impact-induced Fe2+ disorder in the pyroxene of the Ibitira meteorite

  • T. V. V. Costa
  • V. W. Vieira
  • M. A. B. de Araújo
Mineralogy, Geology and Archeology


Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis indicate that the only iron compound present in the Ibitira meteorite is the pyroxene (Mg, Fe, Ca)2Si2O6 known as pigeonite [1]. The Mössbauer spectrum shows Fe2+ in the two different crystallographic sites, M1 and M2, and the population ratio Fe2+ (M1)/Fe2+ (M2) indicates a reasonable degree of cation order. Comparison between our results and results obtained from pyroxene shocked under controlled conditions in the laboratory [2] suggests that, the meteorite was subjected to a impact of low intensity.


Iron Spectroscopy Thin Film Diffraction Analysis Iron Compound 
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© J.C. Baltzer A.G. Scientific Publishing Company 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. V. V. Costa
    • 1
  • V. W. Vieira
    • 1
  • M. A. B. de Araújo
    • 1
  1. 1.Departmento de FísicaUniversidade Federal do CearáFortalezaBrasil

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