A micro-Raman and infrared study of several Hayabusa category 3 (organic) particles 3. Space science

Fumio Kitajima, Masayuki Uesugi, Yuzuru Karouji, Yukihiro Ishibashi, Toru Yada, Hiroshi Naraoka, Masanao Abe, Akio Fujimura, Motoo Ito, Hikaru Yabuta, Hajime Mita, Yoshinori Takano, Tatsuaki Okada

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Three category 3 (organic) particles (RB-QD04-0001, RB-QD04-0047-02, and RA-QD02-0120) and so-called 'white object' found in the sample container have been examined by micro-Raman and infrared (IR) spectroscopy. In addition, several artificial substances that could occur as possible contaminants and chondritic insoluble organic matter (IOM) prepared from the Murchison CM2 chondrite were analyzed. The Raman spectra of the particles show broad G-band and weak D-band. The G-band parameters plot in the disordered region and close to the artifact produced from a Viton glove after laser exposure rather than chondritic IOM. The particles were therefore originally at low maturity level, suggesting that they have not experienced strong heating and are therefore not related to the LL4-6 parent body. The IR spectra are not similar to that of chondritic IOM. Furthermore, the particles cannot be identified as some artificial carbonaceous substances, including the white object, which are the possible contaminants, examined in this investigation. Although it cannot be determined exactly whether the three category 3 particles are extraterrestrial, the limited IR and Raman results in this investigation strongly suggest their terrestrial origin. Although they could not be directly related to the artificial contaminants examined in this investigation, they may yet be reaction products from similar substances that flew on the mission. In particular, RB-QD04-0047-02 shows several infrared spectral absorption bands in common with the 'white object.' This may relate to the degradation of a polyimide/polyamide resin.

Original languageEnglish
Journalearth, planets and space
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 11 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geology
  • Space and Planetary Science


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