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Keywords:

  • synchrotron Mössbauer microscopy;
  • nuclear resonant incoherent X-ray imaging;
  • meteorite;
  • 57Fe phantom;
  • 5 µm resolution

New aspects of synchrotron Mössbauer microscopy are presented. A 5 µm spatial resolution is achieved, and sub-micrometer resolution is envisioned. Two distinct and unique methods, synchrotron Mössbauer imaging and nuclear resonant incoherent X-ray imaging, are used to resolve spatial distribution of species that are chemically and magnetically distinct from one another. Proof-of-principle experiments were performed on enriched 57Fe phantoms, and on samples with natural isotopic abundance, such as meteorites.