Polyaromatic Units Set the Albedo of Dark Extraterrestrial MaterialsOPEN ACCESS 

Romain Maupin, Zahia Djouadi, Rosario Brunetto, Obadias Mivumbi, Christophe Sandt and Ferenc Borondics

The Planetary Science Journal, Volume 3, Number 1, 20 January 2022


“Primitive extraterrestrial materials are generally dark, a characteristic often associated with the presence of polyaromatic organic material and/or sulfides. We show in this study that the reflectance level measured at 0.55μm of IDPs and some meteorites is correlated to the degree of graphitization of the polyaromatic organic matter. The reflectance level of the primitive surfaces therefore allows us to obtain information on the polyaromatic organic material present on the surface of solar system small bodies observed by remote sensing or visited by space missions. We discuss our results in view of the sample return missions Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx.”