Journal Article

Evolution of diamond nanoclusters in the interstellar medium

S. Yastrebov, R. Smith and A. Siklitskaya

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society

Published on behalf of The Royal Astronomical Society

Volume 409, issue 4, pages 1577-1584
Published in print December 2010 | ISSN: 0035-8711
Published online December 2010 | e-ISSN: 1365-2966 | DOI:
Evolution of diamond nanoclusters in the interstellar medium

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We report on the computational modelling of the evolution process of initially spherical diamond nanoclusters with diameters ≈1.3 nm in vacuo under the influence of thermal annealing. The transformation into recognizable chiral core-shell clusters occurs for temperatures of annealing exceeding 1000 K. The implications of this with regard to the composition of the interstellar medium and the relationship with experimental Raman scattering data obtained from a pre-solar meteorite (Boriskino) are discussed.

Keywords: ISM: atoms; ISM: evolution

Journal Article.  5357 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Astronomy and Astrophysics

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