53 Mn and 60 Fe in iron meteorites—New data, model calculations

Leya, Ingo; David, Jean‐Christophe; Faestermann, Thomas; Froehlich, Michaela; Kivel, Niko; Koll, Dominik; Korschinek, Gunther; McIntyre, Sarah; Merchel, Silke; Pavetich, Stefan; Rugel, Georg; Schumann, Dorothea; Smith, Thomas; Wallner, Anton (2020). 53 Mn and 60 Fe in iron meteorites—New data, model calculations. Meteoritics & planetary science, 55(4), pp. 818-831. Wiley 10.1111/maps.13466

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We measured specific activities of the long‐lived cosmogenic radionuclides ⁶⁰Fe in 28 iron meteorites and ⁵³Mn in 41 iron meteorites. Accelerator mass spectrometry was applied at the 14 MV Heavy Ion Accelerator Facility at ANU Canberra for all samples except for two which were measured at the Maier‐Leibnitz Laboratory, Munich. For the large iron meteorite Twannberg (IIG), we measured six samples for ⁵³Mn. This work doubles the number of existing individual ⁶⁰Fe data and quadruples the number of iron meteorites studied for ⁶⁰Fe. We also significantly extended the entire ⁵³Mn database for iron meteorites. The ⁵³Mn data for the iron meteorite Twannberg vary by more than a factor of 30, indicating a significant shielding dependency. In addition, we performed new model calculations for the production of ⁶⁰Fe and ⁵³Mn in iron meteorites. While the new model is based on the same particle spectra as the earlier model, we no longer use experimental cross sections but instead use cross sections that were calculated using the latest version of the nuclear model code INCL. The new model predictions differ substantially from results obtained with the previous model. Predictions for the ⁶⁰Fe activity concentrations are about a factor of 2 higher, for ⁵³Mn, they are ~30% lower, compared to the earlier model, which gives now a better agreement with the experimental data.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Space Research and Planetary Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute

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Leya, Ingo


500 Science > 520 Astronomy
600 Technology > 620 Engineering








Dora Ursula Zimmerer

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04 Nov 2020 17:00

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04 Nov 2020 17:00

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