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Title: Light-element nucleosynthesis in a molecular cloud interacting with a supernova remnant and the origin of beryllium-10 in the protosolar nebula

The presence of short-lived radionuclides (t {sub 1/2} < 10 Myr) in the early solar system provides important information about the astrophysical environment in which the solar system formed. The discovery of now extinct {sup 10}Be (t {sub 1/2} = 1.4 Myr) in calcium-aluminum-rich inclusions (CAIs) with Fractionation and Unidentified Nuclear isotope anomalies (FUN-CAIs) suggests that a baseline concentration of {sup 10}Be in the early solar system was inherited from the protosolar molecular cloud. In this paper, we investigate various astrophysical contexts for the nonthermal nucleosynthesis of {sup 10}Be by cosmic-ray-induced reactions. We first show that the {sup 10}Be recorded in FUN-CAIs cannot have been produced in situ by irradiation of the FUN-CAIs themselves. We then show that trapping of Galactic cosmic rays (GCRs) in the collapsing presolar cloud core induced a negligible {sup 10}Be contamination of the protosolar nebula, the inferred {sup 10}Be/{sup 9}Be ratio being at least 40 times lower than that recorded in FUN-CAIs ({sup 10}Be/{sup 9}Be ∼ 3 × 10{sup –4}). Irradiation of the presolar molecular cloud by background GCRs produced a steady-state {sup 10}Be/{sup 9}Be ratio ≲ 1.3 × 10{sup –4} at the time of the solar system formation, which suggests that the presolar cloudmore » was irradiated by an additional source of CRs. Considering a detailed model for CR acceleration in a supernova remnant (SNR), we find that the {sup 10}Be abundance recorded in FUN-CAIs can be explained within two alternative scenarios: (1) the irradiation of a giant molecular cloud by CRs produced by ≳ 50 supernovae exploding in a superbubble of hot gas generated by a large star cluster of at least 20,000 members, and (2) the irradiation of the presolar molecular cloud by freshly accelerated CRs escaped from an isolated SNR at the end of the Sedov-Taylor phase. In the second picture, the SNR resulted from the explosion of a massive star that ran away from its parent OB association, expanded during most of its adiabatic phase in an intercloud medium of density of about 1 H-atom cm{sup –3}, and eventually interacted with the presolar molecular cloud only during the radiative stage. This model naturally provides an explanation for the injection of other short-lived radionuclides of stellar origin into the cold presolar molecular cloud ({sup 26}Al, {sup 41}Ca, and {sup 36}Cl) and is in agreement with the solar system originating from the collapse of a molecular cloud shocked by a supernova blast wave.« less
Authors:
;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Centre de Sciences Nucléaires et de Sciences de la Matière, IN2P3-CNRS and Univ Paris-Sud, F-91405 Orsay Cedex (France)
  2. Institut de Physique Nucléaire d'Orsay, IN2P3-CNRS and Univ Paris-Sud, F-91405 Orsay Cedex (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22370139
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Astrophysical Journal; Journal Volume: 796; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
79 ASTROPHYSICS, COSMOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY; ALUMINIUM; ALUMINIUM 26; ASTROPHYSICS; ATOMS; BERYLLIUM 10; BERYLLIUM 9; CALCIUM 41; CHLORINE 36; COSMIC RADIATION; COSMOLOGICAL MODELS; ELEMENT ABUNDANCE; METEORITES; METEOROIDS; NUCLEOSYNTHESIS; SOLAR SYSTEM; STAR CLUSTERS; STEADY-STATE CONDITIONS; SUPERNOVA REMNANTS; SUPERNOVAE; TRAPPING