BAYES’ THEOREM AND EARLY SOLAR SHORT-LIVED RADIONUCLIDES: THE CASE FOR AN UNEXCEPTIONAL ORIGIN FOR THE SOLAR SYSTEM

1Edward D. Young
The Astrophysical Journal 826, 129 Link to Article [http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/0004-637X/826/2/129]
1Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, University of California Los Angeles, 595 Charles E. Young Drive East, Geology Building, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, USA

The presence of excesses of short-lived radionuclides in the early solar system evidenced in meteorites has been taken as testament to close encounters with exotic nucleosynthetic sources, including supernovae or AGB stars. An analysis of the likelihoods associated with different sources of these extinct nuclides in the early solar system indicates that, rather than being exotic, their abundances were typical of star-forming regions like those observed today in the Galaxy. The radiochemistry of the early solar system is therefore unexceptional, being the consequence of extensive averaging of solids from molecular clouds.

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