asteroids, pyroxene, meteorites, wollastonite, ferrosilite, Gaffey, mafic, mineral, composition, olivine, solar system, belt, asteroid, comets, spectra, spectrum, algorithm, programming
Determining mafic mineral composition of asteroid bodies is a topic reviewed by M.J. Gaffey et al. (2002). The iterative procedure discussed can be implemented as an algorithm, and such efforts revealed weaknesses that are examined in this work. We seek to illustrate the limits of this method and graphically determine its predictions. There are boundaries in the formulae given where the equations break down. In ranges where mafic mixtures are predicted, a method is illustrated that allows a decoupling of these mixtures into the constituents.
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Davis, Jimmy Allen, "Frequency Distribution Of Pyroxene Types And A Method To Separate The Composition Of Multiple Pyroxenes In A Sample" (2007). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 3134.