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Astrophysics and Nanotechnology: a peculiar connection

Giancarlo Pace

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter in the atomic and molecular scale. It has had widespread technological applications, and many more are planned for the future. The single most important event that boosted the field was the launch, in the 80's, of a research programme to look for carbon chains in the interstellar medium. The programme lead, among the other things, to the discovery of the fullerene, i.e. a football of the diameter of 1 nanometer, and to the Nobel prize for Kroto, Smalley and Curl. I would like to discuss the astrophysical legacy of such programme.

2014 June 25, 13:30

Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto (Classroom)
Rua das Estrelas, 4150-762 Porto

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia