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Cosmic Fullerenes

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Publication Date
Mar 16, 2014
Volume
247
Source
SETI Institute
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Abstract

In recent years, the fullerene species C60(and to a lesser extent C70) have been detected in a variety of environments-‐-‐from the circumstellar carbon-‐rich surroundings of evolved stars to interstellar reflection nebulae and young stellar objects. Fullerenes are the first and thus far the only large aromatics identified in space. In spite of these detections, many questions remain about precisely which members of the fullerene family are present in space, how they form and evolve, and how their infrared spectroscopic signature should ...

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