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Sources and sinks for excess Xe and Ar on the Moon

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Organization address
address: OXFORD ROAD
postcode: M13 9PL

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-05-01   to  2020-04-30


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 Project objective

Noble gases trace the evolution of reservoirs inside terrestrial planetary bodies because their isotopic signatures are diagnostic of volatile sources. In addition, original compositions can be modified by radioactive decay of rock forming elements, providing constraints on the chemistry of an interior reservoir and the time at which it was isolated (since when noble gases were retained). Some lunar samples are known to preserve signatures in xenon and argon that were degassed from one or more interior sources to the exosphere, then incorporated into the regolith, potentially allowing this record to be read. In this work I will combine (i) my expertise in lunar evolution, sample characterization and the 40Ar-39Ar system, (ii) the University of Manchester’s expertise in xenon isotope systematics, world-leading instrumentation for xenon isotopic analysis and state-of-the-art sample characterisation facilities, and (iii) expertise relevant to the lunar exosphere from a network of collaborators. With this team, I will (i) determine the range of xenon and argon signatures in lunar regolith samples and the times at which they were incorporated, (ii) develop a model of the lunar exosphere to infer source reservoir compositions from those measured in samples and so (iii) investigate the number of contributing lunar reservoirs, their compositions and their histories. The results of this interdisciplinary study will be disseminated to the range of specialist and non-specialist audiences. They will serve to test models of lunar evolution, allow comparison with the Earth and Mars to gain wider understanding of terrestrial planetary bodies, and stimulate engagement with planetary science. Additionally, I will develop my leadership and teaching skills by completing the University of Manchester’s New Academics Programme, equipping me to move to the next stage of my career as a researcher, leader and teacher for the next generation of multidisciplinary planetary scientists.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Shearer C, Neal C.R., Glotch T.D., Prissel T., Bell A.S., Assis Fernandes V., Gaddis L.R., Jolliff B.L., Laneuville M., Magna T., Simon J., Taylor J.
Magmatic Evolution 2: A New View of Post-Differentiation Magmatism.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry 2020-03-05
2020 Fritz J., Greshake A., Klementova M., Wirth R., Palatinus L., Trønnes R.G., Assis Fernandes V., Böttger U. and Ferrière L.
Donwilhelmsite, [(CaxNa1-x)Al3+xSi3-xO11], a new lunar high-pressure Ca-Al-silicate with relevance for subducted terrestrial sediments.
published pages: , ISSN: 1529-6466, DOI:
American Mineralogist 2020-03-05
2020 Vorburger A., Wurz P., Scherf M., Lammer H., Galli A. and Assis Fernandes V.
Chemical composition of the Moon\'s \'primary\' crust – a clue at a terrestrial origin
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European Geophysical Union annual meeting 2020-03-05
2019 Assis Fernandes V. and Meyer C.
Ethical and Social Aspects of a Return to the Moon—A Geological Perspective.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
The Moon as a ‘contact zone’ to other worlds: an interdisciplinary workshop 2019-11-27
2018 Werner S.C., Bultel B., Fernandes V.A. and Rolf T.
Lunar Cratering Chronology – Revisited
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European Lunar Symposium - Toulouse 2019-11-27
2019 Klementova M., Palatinus L., Fritz J., Greshake A., Wirth R., Assis Fernandes V. and Ferrière L.
Structure Determination of Donwilhelmsite by Electron Diffraction Tomography.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Microscopy and Microanalysis 2019-11-27
2018 Assis Fernandes V., Czaja P. And Fawcett L.
Preliminary petrographic characterization, 40Ar/39Ar and CRE ages of Apollo 15 regolith basaltic fragments.
published pages: \"abst.#EPSC2018, ISSN: , DOI:
European Planetary Science Congress 2019-11-27
2019 Assis Fernandes V., Czaja P., Fawcett L., Fonseca R.O.C., Khan A., Liebske C., Nemchin A., Sliwinski J., Snape J., Whitehouse M. and Willbold M.
Investigating volcanism within Imbrium and Serenitatis Basin: a systematic study of basaltic regolith fragments.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Meteoritical Society 2019-11-27
2019 Zhang A.-C., Assis Fernandes V. and Hoefnagels B.
Shock metamorphism of the new basaltic lunar meteorite Northwest Africa 12008
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Meteoritical Society Annual Meeting 2019-11-27
2018 van der Bogert C. H., Hiesinger H., Spudis P., Fernandes V. A., Runyon K. D. and Denevi B. W.
Constraining the age of the Crisium impact basin.
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European Lunar Symposium - Toulouse 2019-11-27
2019 Assis Fernandes V.
Earth-Moon impact bombardment history: how does it fit with that of the inner Solar System?
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LIFE3E’2019: Search for Life, from Early Earth to Exoplanets 2019-11-27
2020 Assis Fernandes V., Czaja P., Fawcett L., Fonseca R.O.C., Khan A., Liebske C., Mata J., Nemchin A., Sliwinski J., Snape J., Whitehouse M. & Willbold M.
A systematic study of basaltic regolith fragments from Imbrium and Serenitatis Basins offers potential insights into new basalt types.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
34th Nordic Geological Winter 2020 2019-11-27
2018 Werner S. C., Bultel B. Assis Fernandes V. and Rolf T.
Lunar Cratering Chronology – Review and Revision.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
American Geophysical Union 2019-11-27
2019 Fritz, J., Greshake, A., Klementova, M., Wirth, R., Palatinus, L., Assis Fernandes, V., Böttger, U. and Ferrière, L.
Donwilhelmsite, IMA 2018-113
published pages: 199–204, ISSN: 0935-1221, DOI:
European Journal of Mineralogy 31 2019-09-17
2019 V. Assis Fernandes, J. Hopp, W.H. Schwarz, J.P. Fritz, M. Trieloff, H. Povenmire
40Ar-39Ar step heating ages of North American tektites and of impact melt rock samples from the Chesapeake Bay impact structure
published pages: 289-308, ISSN: 0016-7037, DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2019.03.004
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 255 2019-09-17
2019 Jörg Fritz, Vera Assis Fernandes, Ansgar Greshake, Andreas Holzwarth, Ute Böttger
On the formation of diaplectic glass: Shock and thermal experiments with plagioclase of different chemical compositions
published pages: 1533-1547, ISSN: 1086-9379, DOI: 10.1111/maps.13289
Meteoritics & Planetary Science 54/7 2019-09-17
2019 Assis Fernandes, Vera
Ethical and Social aspects of a Return to the Moon – A Geological perspective.
published pages: , ISSN: 2076-3263, DOI: 10.3390/geosciences9010012
Geosciences 2019-09-17

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