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Interstellar and circumstellar fullerenes

Authors
  • J, Bernard-Salas
  • Jan Cami
  • A.P., Jones
  • Els Peeters
  • E.R., Micelotta
  • M, Otsuka
  • G C, Sloan
  • F, Kemper
  • M, Groenewegen
Publication Date
Nov 18, 2013
Volume
1
Pages
32–32
Source
SETI Institute
License
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Abstract

Fullerenes are a particularly stable class of carbon molecules in the shape of a hollow sphere or ellipsoid that might be formed in the outflows of carbon stars. Once injected into the interstellar medium (ISM), these stable species survive and are thus likely to be widespread in the Galaxy where they contribute to interstellar extinction, heating processes, and complex chemical reactions. In recent years, the fullerene species C60 (and to a lesser extent C70) have been detected in a wide variety of circumstellar and interstellar ...

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