Tom Schoonjans

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Seven particles captured by the Stardust Interstellar Dust Collector and returned to Earth for laboratory analysis have features consistent with an origin in the contemporary interstellar dust stream. More than 50 spacecraft debris particles were also identified. The interstellar dust candidates are readily distinguished from debris impacts on the basis of(More)
Iron (Fe) is an essential element for plant growth and development; hence determining Fe distribution and concentration inside plant organs at the microscopic level is of great relevance to better understand its metabolism and bioavailability through the food chain. Among the available microanalytical techniques, synchrotron μ-XRF methods can provide a(More)
A confocal setup based on polycapillary half-lenses was used to demonstrate three-dimensional (3D) spatially resolved mu-XANES in fluorescence detection mode at the DUBBLE XAS station of the ESRF (BM26A). The incoming beam was focused using a polycapillary half-lens and a second glass polycapillary was placed in front of the energy dispersive detector to(More)
A stream of 1-20 μm sized mineral inclusions having the negative crystal shape of its host within an "ultra-deep" diamond from Rio Soriso (Juina area, Mato Grosso State, Brazil) has been studied with confocal μ-X-ray absorption near edge structure (μXANES) at the Fe K and Mn K edges. This technique allows the three-dimensional nondestructive speciation of(More)
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