A tough day at the office! – Diamond Synchrotron Facility, Harwell, UK
Hi, my name is Richard Greenwood and I am a Research Fellow at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK. I undertake detailed studies of meteorites and their constituent components (CAIs, chondrules, matrix phases), with the aim of understanding the origin and early evolution of our Solar System. An important part of this work involves high precision oxygen isotope analysis of extra-terrestrial materials using the laser-assisted fluorination technique. Characterizing and classifying new meteorite samples is a particularly enjoyable part of my work and to do this I make use of a range of techniques, including transmission and reflectance optical microscopy and quantitative electron microbeam analysis (SEM, EPMA). I am also responsible for the curation of the Open University’s extensive meteorite collection.
Further details of my work can be found on the following webpages:
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