Crystalline Structure, Stoichiometry and Magnetic Properties of the Morasko Meteorite
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The composition and structure of iron-nickel alloys smithereens extracted from the Morasko (Poland) Meteorite (fell ∿ 5 ka BP) were investigated by optical metallographic techniques, scanning electron microscopy and electron microprobe analysis, thermal analyses, magnetic measurements and X-ray diffraction. Microstructural analysis by scanning electron microscopy and optical microscopy has shown that the sample is composed from large grains of Fe-Ni alloy in which secondary phase crystals with well developed crystal habits and the size about 10 micrometers are distributed. Thermal analyses confirmed that the transformation from alpha to gamma Fe-Ni solid solution appearing as a function of temperature corresponds to about 5 wt% Ni in the Fe-Ni alloy. Possible scenario of the extraterrestrial sample solidification is related to the microstructural and magnetic behavior.
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