Diffusion of Siderophile Elements in Fe Metal: Application to Zoned Metal Grains in ChondritesThe distribution of highly siderophile elements (HSE) in planetary materials is controlled mainly by metal. Diffusion processes can control the distribution or re-distribution of these elements within metals, yet there is little systematic or appropriate diffusion data that can be used to interpret HSE concentrations in such metals. Because our understanding of isotope chronometry, redox processes, kamacite/taenite-based cooling rates, and metal grain zoning would be enhanced with diffusion data, we have measured diffusion coefficients for Ni, Co, Ga, Ge, Ru, Pd, Ir and Au in Fe metal from 1200 to 1400 C and 1 bar and 10 kbar. These new data on refractory and volatile siderophile elements are used to evaluate the role of diffusional processes in controlling zoning patterns in metal-rich chondrites.
Righter, K. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Campbell, A. J. (Chicago Univ. Chicago, IL, United States)
Humajun, M. (Chicago Univ. Chicago, IL, United States)