[MTT48-P07] Preliminary analysis of nucleosynthetic Sr isotope anomalies in amoeboid olivine aggregates from the Allende meteorite
In contrast to CAIs, little is known regarding nucleosynthetic isotope anomalies in amoeboid olivine aggregates (AOAs) from carbonaceous chondrites. AOAs are mostly composed of olivine with small refractory minerals including spinel and calcic pyroxene . Their highly irregular shapes indicate that they are unmelted aggregates that condensed from a gaseous reservoir, although the bulk chemical compositions of AOAs are distinct from those of CAIs. Rather, their chemical compositions straddle CAIs and chondrules, making AOAs intriguing target to investigate the isotopic evolution for heavy elements in the early Solar System.
In this study, we report the 84Sr/86Sr ratios in AOAs from the Allende meteorite. Unlike CAIs and chondrules, it is difficult to sample irregular shaped AOAs by handpicking without including the other components such as matrix. To overcome this problem, we collected the powdered AOA sample by the micro-milling technique . Additionally, we ablated the same AOA sample by a femto-second laser with He gas flow to capture the aerosol sample with a membrane filter. The collected samples were dissolved with acid, followed by the separation of Sr by extraction chromatography using Sr Resin (Eichrom). The 84Sr/86Sr ratios in the AOA samples were measured by TIMS (TRITON plus, Thermo Fisher Scientific) with the dynamic multicollection method. The obtained 84Sr/86Sr ratios are reported as µ84Sr notation that represents the 106 relative deviation from a standard material, NIST 987. The two AOA samples showed positive µ84Sr values (micro-milling: 70 ± 156 ppm; laser ablation: 108 ± 91 ppm). This result indicates that refractory inclusions in the AOA sample possess nucleosynthetic Sr isotope anomalies akin to those in Type B CAIs . Therefore, the refractory inclusions in AOAs would have condensed from a gaseous reservoir from which the precursor of type B CAIs have condensed.
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