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Silicon in iron meteorite metal

Abstract : We report Si concentrations in the metal phases of iron meteorites. Analyses were performed by secondary ion mass spectrometry using a CAMECA 1270 ion probe. The Si concentrations are low (0.09-0.46 μg g-1), with no apparent difference in concentration between magmatic and nonmagmatic iron meteorites. Coexisting kamacite and Ni-rich metal phases have similar Si contents. Thermodynamic calculations show that Fe,Ni-metal in equilibrium with silicate melts at temperatures where metal crystallizes should contain approximately 100 times more Si than found in iron meteorites in this work. The missing Si may either occur as tiny silicate inclusions in metal or it may have diffused as Si-metal into surrounding silicates at low temperatures. In both cases, extensive low-temperature diffusion of Si in metal is required. It is therefore concluded that low Si in iron meteorites is a result of subsolidus reactions during slow cooling.
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Andreas Pack, Ingo Vogel, Claire Rollion-Bard, Béatrice Luais, Herbert Palme. Silicon in iron meteorite metal. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 2011, 46, pp.1470-1483. ⟨10.1111/j.1945-5100.2011.01239.x⟩. ⟨insu-03619289⟩

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