A New Mechanism for Chondrule Formation: Radiative Heating by Hot Planetesimals

William Herbst, James P. Greenwood

Accepted Nov. 16, 2015 for publication as a Research Note in Icarus

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“We propose that chondrules are formed by radiative heating of pre-existing dust clumps during close fly-bys of planetesimals with incandescent lava at their surfaces. We show that the required temperatures and cooling rates are easily achieved in this scenario and discuss how it is consistent with bulk aspects of chondritic meteorites, including complementarity and the co-mingling of FeO-poor and FeO-rich chondrules.”