Chondrule Destruction via Dust Collisions in Shock WavesOPEN ACCESS 

Yuji Matsumoto, Kosuke Kurosawa, Sota Arakawa

accepted for publication in ApJ


“A leading candidate for the heating source of chondrules and igneous rims is shock waves. This mechanism generates high relative velocities between chondrules and dust particles. We have investigated the possibility of the chondrule destruction in collisions with dust particles behind a shock wave using a semianalytical treatment. We find that the chondrules are destroyed during melting in collisions. We derive the conditions for the destruction of chondrules and show that the typical size of the observed chondrules satisfies the condition. We suggest that the chondrule formation and rim accretion are different events if they are heated by shock waves.”