Chondrule-forming Shock Fronts in the Solar Nebula: A Possible Unified Scenario for Planet and Chondrite Formation

  title={Chondrule-forming Shock Fronts in the Solar Nebula: A Possible Unified Scenario for Planet and Chondrite Formation},
  author={Alan P. Boss and Richard Henry Durisen},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal Letters},
  pages={L137 - L140}
  • A. Boss, R. Durisen
  • Published 26 January 2005
  • Physics, Geology
  • The Astrophysical Journal Letters
Chondrules are millimeter-sized spherules found throughout primitive chondritic meteorites. Flash heating by a shock front is the leading explanation of their formation. However, identifying a mechanism for creating shock fronts inside the solar nebula has been difficult. In a gaseous disk capable of forming Jupiter, the disk must have been marginally gravitationally unstable at and beyond Jupiter's orbit. We show that this instability can drive inward spiral shock fronts with shock speeds of… 

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