Searching for the Solar System’s Chemical Recipe « Berkeley Lab News Center

  • Searching for the Solar System’s Chemical Recipe « Berkeley Lab News Center - The ratio of isotopes in elements like oxygen, sulfur, and nitrogen were once thought to be much the same everywhere, determined only by their different masses. Then isotope ratios in meteorites, interplanetary dust and gas, and the sun itself were found to differ from those on Earth. Planetary researchers now use Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Light Source to study these "mass-independent" effects and their origins in the chemical processes of the early solar system.(10.1073/pnas.1213150110)
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