Distribution of p-process 174Hf in early solar system materials and the origin of nucleosynthetic Hf and W isotope anomalies in Ca–Al rich inclusions

1,2,3Stefan T.M. Peters, 1,2Carsten Münker, 1,2Markus Pfeifer, 1,2Bo-Magnus Elfers, 1,2Peter Sprung
Earth and Planetary Science Letters (in Press) Link to Article [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2016.11.009]
1Institut für Geologie und Mineralogie, Universität zu Köln, Zülpicherstr. 49b, 50674 Cologne, Germany
2Steinmann-Institut, Poppelsdorfer Schloss, 53115 Bonn, Germany
3Geowissenschaftliches Zentrum der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Department of Isotope Geology, Goldschmidtstrasse 1, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
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Some nuclides that were produced in supernovae are heterogeneously distributed between different meteoritic materials. In some cases these heterogeneities have been interpreted as the result of interaction between ejecta from a nearby supernova and the nascent solar system. Particularly in the case of the oldest objects that formed in the solar system – Ca–Al rich inclusions (CAIs) – this view is confirm the hypothesis that a nearby supernova event facilitated or even triggered solar system formation. We present Hf isotope data for bulk meteorites, terrestrial materials and CAIs, for the first time including the low-abundance isotope 174Hf (∼0.16%). This rare isotope was likely produced during explosive O/Ne shell burning in massive stars (i.e., the classical “p-process”), and therefore its abundance potentially provides a sensitive tracer for putative heterogeneities within the solar system that were introduced by supernova ejecta. For CAIs and one LL chondrite, also complementary W isotope data are reported for the same sample cuts. Once corrected for small neutron capture effects, different chondrite groups, eucrites, a silicate inclusion of a IAB iron meteorite, and terrestrial materials display homogeneous Hf isotope compositions including 174Hf. Hafnium-174 was thus uniformly distributed in the inner solar system when planetesimals formed at the


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