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  • 1 University of Arkansas Department of Chemical Engineering 72701 Fayetteville Arkansas (USA)
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A number of strange xenon components have been reported in the literature during the past three decades; for example, AVCC (average carbonaceous chondrite), CCF (carbonaceous chondrite fission) xenon, xenon-X, xenon-H, xenon-L, xenon-S, xenon-U, SUCOR (surface correlated xenon), BEOC (Bern Oberflächen-Correliert) xenon, and so on. It is often assumed that they reprsent the isotopic compositions of more or less pure or primordial components of xenon. If one attempts to interpret the existing xenon isotope data for meteorites and lunar samples, assuming that they are pure or primordial, however, one encounters all sorts of problems and no coherent theory concerning the variation of the isotopic composition of xenon in the solar system emerges. We have therefore re-examined over 4,000 sets of existing xenon isotope data for meteorites and lunar samples. The results indicate that these strange xenon components are mixtures of244Pu fission xenon and atmospheric xenon, whose isotopic compositions have been altered by the processes of a) mass-fractionation, b) spallation and c) neutron-capture reactions.