Irradiation origin of 10Be in the solar nebula: Evidence from Li-Be-B and Al-Mg isotope systematics, and REE abundances of CAIs from Yamato-81020 CO3.05 chondrite

Kohei Fukuda, Hajime Hiyagon, Wataru Fujiya, Takanori Kagoshima, Keita Itano, Tsuyoshi Iizuka, Noriko T. Kita, Yuji Sano

Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
In Press, Journal Pre-proof, Available online 20 October 2020


“We have performed in situ analyses of Li-Be-B and Al-Mg isotope systematics, and abundances of rare earth elements (REEs) in two Ca-Al-rich inclusions (CAIs) from the Ornans-like carbonaceous chondrite Yamato-81020 (CO3.05). The present CO CAIs are depleted in ultra-refractory heavy REEs (group II REE pattern), suggesting condensation of these CAIs or their precursors from the solar nebula. Initial 26Al/27Al ratios, (26Al/27Al)0, of these CO CAIs are found to be (4.8 ± 0.5) × 10–5 and (4.9 ± 0.3) × 10–5 (2σ), indicating their contemporaneous formation with a majority of CAIs from CV chondrites. Melilite grains in the present CO CAIs show clear excesses in 10B, ranging from ∼370 to ∼4300‰ relative to the chondritic B isotopic composition, which are correlated well with 9Be/11B ratios. The correlation indicates in situ decay of 10Be in the present CO CAIs and yields initial 10Be/9Be ratios, (10Be/9Be)0, for the individual CAIs of (2.9 ± 0.6) × 10–3 and (2.2 ± 1.0) × 10–3 (2σ), which are significantly greater than the average (10Be/9Be)0 = ∼0.7 × 10–3 recorded in CAIs from Vigarano-like carbonaceous (CV) chondrites. The apparent variation in (10Be/9Be)0 between the CO and CV CAIs, despite having indistinguishable (26Al/27Al)0 of ∼5 × 10–5, provides evidence for heterogeneous distribution of 10Be in the CAI forming-regions at the very beginning of the Solar System. The elevated (10Be/9Be)0 and group II REE patterns in the CO CAIs may reflect that compared with the CV CAIs having unfractionated REEs the present CO CAIs have formed closer to the Sun where 10Be was produced more efficiently through solar cosmic ray irradiation caused by solar flares. Alternatively, if the present CO CAIs and CV CAIs formed in the same region, and 26Al was distributed homogeneously at the CAI-forming region, our results indicate that solar cosmic ray fluxes at the forming region have fluctuated by a factor of six within a short duration (∼0.2 million years) inferred from the Al-Mg chronology.”