Rock magnetic characterization of returned samples from asteroid (162173) Ryugu: Implications for paleomagnetic interpretation and paleointensity estimation

1Masahiko Sato et al. (>10)
Journal of Geophysical Research (Planets) (in Press) Link to Article []
1The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, 113-0033 Japan
Published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons

In this study, systematic rock magnetic measurements and saturation isothermal remanent magnetization (SIRM) paleointensity calibration experiments were conducted for the returned samples from C-type asteroid (162173) Ryugu and two carbonaceous chondrites (Orgueil and Tagish Lake) to evaluate the remanence carriers of the Ryugu sample and its ability as a paleomagnetic recorder. Our magnetic measurements show that Ryugu samples exhibit signatures for framboidal magnetite, coarse-grained magnetite, and pyrrhotite, and that framboidal magnetite is the dominant remanence carrier of Ryugu samples in the middle-coercivity range. The SIRM paleointensity constant was obtained for two Ryugu samples, and the median value was 3318 ± 1038 μT, which is close to the literature’s value based on the average among magnetite, titanomagnetite, pyrrhotite, and FeNi alloys and is widely used for SIRM paleointensity experiments. The paleointensity values estimated using the obtained SIRM paleointensity constant indicate a strong magnetic field of the protoplanetary disk, suggesting that Sun’s protoplanetary disk existed at the disk location of Ryugu’s parent planetesimal when framboidal magnetite precipitated from the aqueous fluid.


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