Pathway to the identification of C60+ in diffuse interstellar clouds

Maier, John P. and Campbell, Ewen K.. (2016) Pathway to the identification of C60+ in diffuse interstellar clouds. Philosophical transactions. Mathematical, physical & engineering sciences, 374 (2076). pp. 1-12.

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The origin of the attenuation of starlight in diffuse clouds in interstellar space at specific wavelengths ranging from the visible to the near-infrared has been unknown since the first astronomical observations around a century ago. The absorption features, termed the diffuse interstellar bands, have subsequently been the subject of much research. Earlier this year four of these interstellar bands were shown to be due to the absorption by cold, gas phase molecules. This discovery provides the first answer to the problem of the diffuse interstellar bands and leads naturally to fascinating questions regarding the role of fullerenes and derivatives in interstellar chemistry. Here, we review the identification process placing special emphasis on the laboratory studies which have enabled spectroscopic measurement of large cations cooled to temperatures prevailing in the interstellar medium.This article is part of the themed issue textquoteleftFullerenes: past, present and future, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Buckminster Fullerenetextquoteright.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Chemie > Former Organization Units Chemistry > Physikalische Chemie (Maier)
UniBasel Contributors:Maier, John Paul and Campbell, Ewen
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Royal Society of London
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:26 Sep 2016 10:20
Deposited On:26 Sep 2016 10:20

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