Laboratory confirmation of C60+ as the carrier of two diffuse interstellar bands

@article{Campbell2015LaboratoryCO,
  title={Laboratory confirmation of C60+ as the carrier of two diffuse interstellar bands},
  author={Ewen K Campbell and Mathias Holz and Dieter Gerlich and John Paul Maier},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2015},
  volume={523},
  pages={322-323}
}
The diffuse interstellar bands are absorption lines seen towards reddened stars. None of the molecules responsible for these bands have been conclusively identified. Two bands at 9,632 ångströms and 9,577 ångströms were reported in 1994, and were suggested to arise from C60+ molecules (ref. 3), on the basis of the proximity of these wavelengths to the absorption bands of C60+ measured in a neon matrix. Confirmation of this assignment requires the gas-phase spectrum of C60+. Here we report… 

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