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RAP opportunity at Naval Research Laboratory     NRL

Transmission Electron Microscopy of Planetary Materials


Naval Research Laboratory, DC, Materials Science & Technology

opportunity location
64.15.85.C0418 Washington, DC 203755321


name email phone
Katherine D Burgess 202.767.0100


A major outstanding question of space weathering on the Moon is how solar wind irradiation and micrometeoroid bombardment interact to create the physical and chemical changes characteristic of space weathered materials and whether both of these processes are necessary for formation of “typical” features, such as nanophase metallic iron inclusions. The work will use aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) with electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) to analyze portions of individual grains from lunar soils.


Burgess, K.D., Stroud, R.M. (2018a). Coordinated nanoscale compositional and oxidation state measurements of lunar space-weathered material. J. Geophys. Res., doi: 10.1029/2018JE005537.

Burgess, K.D., Stroud, R.M. (2018b). Phase-dependent space weathering effects and spectroscopic identification of retained helium in a lunar soil grain. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 224, 64-79, doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2017.12.023.

key words
transmission electron microscopy; nanoscale; lunar; space weathering; planetary; EELS


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$94,199.00 $3,000.00
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