Meteorite testing with the TRACER 5 family of XRF meteorite analyzers has yielded interesting and promising results, despite being a relatively new application. Research at a number of universities has shown that handheld XRF with user-definable analysis parameters is a highly useful method for the study of meteorite composition. Contact Bruker today to schedule a workshop at your institution to learn more about XRF meteorite analysis.
XRF is a nondestructive elemental analysis technique that lends itself perfectly for meteorite analysis. Elements that have been found to be useful in determining meteorite groups from one another are magnesium (Mg), aluminum (Al), silicon (Si), calcium (Ca), titanium (Ti), iron (Fe), and manganese (Mn). It has been shown that meteorites can be sorted relatively reliably into the following groups by comparing the ratios between the elements listed above: ordinary chondrite, carbonaceous chondrite, rumurutiite, enstatite chondrite, diogenite, eucritelunar, and martian. Additionally, the Bruker Tracer has been used to distinguish genuine meteorites from terrestrial rocks that have been mistaken for meteorites.