Properties, detectability and origin of interstellar diamonds in meteorites

Roy S. Lewis, Edward Anders, Bruce T. Draine

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Abstract

Laboratory studies suggest that microdiamonds will be quite elusive in interstellar space, being detectable only if >10% of the carbon is present as diamond. The diamonds apparently formed by condensation in cool stellar atmospheres, and were then impregnated with isotopically anomalous noble gases, such as Xe, from a supernova.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-121
Number of pages5
JournalNature
Volume339
Issue number6220
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

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