We have completed the first global spatial deconvolution analysis of planetary gamma‐ray data for lunar Th abundances as measured by the Lunar Prospector Gamma‐ray Spectrometer. We tested two different spatial deconvolution techniques – Jansson's method and the Pixon method – and determined that the Pixon method provides superior performance. The final deconvolved map results in a spatial resolution improvement of a factor of 1.5–2. The newly deconvolved data allow us to clearly delineate nearside Th enhancements and depressions, validate enhanced Th abundances associated with specific lunar red spots, and reveal new details of the Th distribution at the Aristarchus plateau.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Global spatial deconvolution of Lunar Prospector Th abundances|
|Series title||Geophysical Research Letters|
|Publisher||American Geophysical Union|
|Publisher location||Washington, D.C.|
|Contributing office(s)||Astrogeology Science Center|