C60: Buckminsterfullerene

  title={C60: Buckminsterfullerene},
  author={Harold Walter Kroto and James R. Heath and S. C. O'brien and R. F. Jun. Curl and Richard E. Smalley},
During experiments aimed at understanding the mechanisms by which long-chain carbon molecules are formed in interstellar space and circumstellar shells1, graphite has been vaporized by laser irradiation, producing a remarkably stable cluster consisting of 60 carbon atoms. Concerning the question of what kind of 60-carbon atom structure might give rise to a superstable species, we suggest a truncated icosahedron, a polygon with 60 vertices and 32 faces, 12 of which are pentagonal and 20… 

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