Color electron microprobe cathodoluminescence of Bishunpur meteorite compared with the traditional optical microscopy method

Amanda Araujo Tosi, Maria Elizabeth Zucolotto, Julio Cezar Mendes, Isabel Ludka, Fernando de Souza Gonçalves Vasques
2018 REM: International Engineering Journal  
Cathodoluminescence (CL) imaging is an outstanding method for sub classification of Unequilibrated Ordinary Chondrites (UOC) -petrological type 3. CL can be obtained by several electron beam apparatuses. The traditional method uses an electron gun coupled to an optical microscope (OM). Although many scanning electron microscopes (SEM) and electron microprobes (EPMA) have been equipped with a cathodoluminescence, this technique was not fully explored. Images obtained by the two methods differ
more » ... o methods differ due to a different kind of signal acquisition. While in the CL-OM optical photography true colors are obtained, in the CL-EPMA the results are grayscale monochromatic electronic signals. L-RGB filters were used in the CL-EPMA analysis in order to obtain color data. The aim of this work is to compare cathodoluminescence data obtained from both techniques, optical microscope and electron microprobe, on the Bishunpur meteorite classified as LL 3.1 chondrite. The present study allows concluding that 20 KeV and 7 nA is the best analytical condition at EPMA in order to test the equivalence between CL-EPMA and CL-OM colour results. Moreover, the color index revealed to be a method for aiding the study of the thermal metamorphism, but it is not definitive for the meteorite classification.
doi:10.1590/0370-44672017710053 fatcat:genmbm7b5fht3pvonktitubut4