He and Ne Ages of Large Presolar Silicon Carbide Grains: Solving the Recoil Problem

Ulrich Ott, Philipp R. Heck, Frank Gyngard, Rainer Wieler, Frédéric Wrobel, Sachiko Amari, Ernst Zinner
2009 Publications Astronomical Society of Australia  
Knowledge about the age of presolar grains provides important insights into Galactic chemical evolution and the dynamics of grain formation and destruction processes in the Galaxy. Determination from the abundance of cosmic ray interaction products is straightforward, but in the past has suffered from uncertainties in correcting for recoil losses of spallation products. The problem is less serious in a class of large (tens of μm) grains. We describe the correction procedure and summarise
more » ... for He and Ne ages of presolar SiC 'Jumbo' grains that range from close to zero to ∼850 Myr, with the majority being less than 200 Myr. We also discuss the possibility of extending our approach to the majority of smaller SiC grains and explore possible contributions from trapping of cosmic rays.
doi:10.1071/as08039 fatcat:q3t3tkkuuzfbxmm224jr6c2pna