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Using asymmetric band analysis to interpret the electronic spectroscopy of the Olivine family
  • Adrian Jon Brown
Adrian Jon Brown
Plancius Research

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This paper discusses the mathematical aspects of band fitting and introduces the mathematics of the Asymmetric Gaussian shape and its tangent space for the first time. First, we derive an equation for an Asymmetric Gaussian shape. We then use this equation to derive a rule for the resolution of two Gaussian shaped bands. We then use the Asymmetrical Gaussian equation to derive a Master Equation to fit two overlapping bands. We identify regions of the fitting space where the Asymmetric Gaussian fit is optimal, sub optimal and not optimal. We then demonstrate the use of the Asymmetric Gaussian to fit four overlapping Gaussian bands, and show how this is relevant to the olivine spectral complex at 1 ?m. We develop a new model of the olivine family spectrum based on previous work by Runciman and Burns. The limitations of the asymmetric band fitting method and a critical assessment of three commonly used numerical minimization methods are also provided.