Molecular Vista’s technology deconvolves the chemical composition of a meteorite at the nanoscale.
The study of the chemical composition of meteorites could answer important questions about the nature of our early solar system by allowing scientists to investigate the possibility of liquid water and complex organic compounds being a part of a meteorite’s matrix. Could meteorites be the seeds for the origin of life? Using high spatial resolution (<10 nm) imaging with PiFM in the infrared molecular fingerprint region (770 – 1885 cm−1), we investigated a meteorite sample that was expected to contain a mixture of phyllosilicates and organics. Both hyPIR (hyperspectral) analysis and fixed wavelength PiFM images seemed to show a high concentration of organic compounds (green in the combined PiFM image) and inorganic compounds (blue and red in combined PiFM image.) Point spectra were taken across one of these areas to further investigate this occurrence.