Records of Magnetic Fields in the Chondrule Formation Environment

Roger R. Fu, Benjamin P. Weiss, Devin L. Schrader, Brandon C. Johnson

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Chondrules contain ferromagnetic minerals that may retain a record of the magnetic field environments in which they cooled. Paleomagnetic experiments on separated chondrules can potentially reveal the presence of remanent magnetization from the time of chondrule formation. The existence of such a magnetization places quantitative bounds on the frequency of interchondrule collisions, while the intensity of magnetization may be used to infer the strength of nebular magnetic fields and thereby constrain the mechanism of chondrule formation. Recent advances in laboratory instrumentation and techniques have permitted the isolation of nebular remanent magnetization in chondrules, providing the potential basis to probe the formation environments of chondrules from a range of chondrite classes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChondrules
Subtitle of host publicationRecords of Protoplanetary Disk Processes
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781108284073
ISBN (Print)9781108418010
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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