Our report of the spectra of a large (84 carbon atom!) fullerene molecule isolated in a cryogenic environment for comparison with interstellar spectra was accepted for publication in FNCN, an international journal on fullerene research and one of the highest ranked journals in Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Physics, Chemistry and Molecular Sciences. The measurements are a first and were performed using SSA’s unique interstellar simulation lab facility.
C84: A Prototype of Large Fullerenes. Laboratory Spectroscopy and Astronomical Search R. Ruiterkamp, T. Halasinski, F. Salama, B.H. Foing, P. Ehrenfreund Fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures, in press (2010)
Our proposal for a Meeting-in-a-Meeting (MiM2010) entitled “Bridging Laboratory and Astrophysics: Frontiers in Plasma Astrophysics” at the 216th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Miami, FL has been accepted by the Council of the AAS. This is the third successful MiM organized by our Working Group at the AAS (WGLA: http://members.aas.org/comms/wgla.cfm).
FNCN: Fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructure
AAS: American Astronomical Society