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Fullerenes in circumstellar and interstellar environments

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Type
Preprint
Publication Date
Oct 04, 2012
Submission Date
Oct 04, 2012
Identifiers
arXiv ID: 1210.1730
Source
SETI Institute
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Abstract

In recent years, the fullerene species C60 (and to a lesser extent also C70) has been reported in the mid-IR spectra of various astronomical objects. Cosmic fullerenes form in the circumstellar material of evolved stars, and survive in the interstellar medium (ISM). It is not entirely clear how they form or what their excitation mechanism is.

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