Increasing evidences suggest that the building blocks of Ca-Al-rich inclusions (CAIs) could have formed with the Sun, during the collapse of the parent cloud. However, determination of the relative age of CAIs relies on the homogeneous distribution of their short-lived radionuclide 26Al that is used as a chronometer. Some CAIs show evidence of 26Al/27 Al variation that is independent of decay.
We investigate the dynamical and chemical evolution of refractories from the collapsing cloud to their transport in the protoplanetary disk focusing to the predicted isotopic anomalies resulting from 26Al heterogeneities.
The interplay between the thermal properties of the dust, the isotopic zoning in the cloud and disk dynamics produce aggregates that resemble chondrites. An abrupt raise of 26Al close the center of the cloud followed by a plateau throughout the cloud best matches the observations. As a consequence, the 26Al -chronometer retains validity from the formation of canonical CAIs onward.