Gravity Assist and Scattering Off AGB Stars Off Molecular Clouds

Date Added: Jan 2012
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The scattering of stellar orbits by galactic molecular clouds is studied in hope of explaining isotopic peculiarities of presolar grains from Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB) stars. Silicon isotopic anomalies found in the mainstream Silicon Carbide (SiC) grains are observed to have heavy isotopes enriched. To explain the isotopic heaviness the author propose that AGB stars that formed in the interior region of the galaxy, with metallicity higher than solar, change their orbits during close encounters with molecular clouds. The AGB stars give up their SiC grains in winds deposited in the solar neighborhood prior to the birth of the Sun.