A Catalog of Diffuse Interstellar Bands in Fullerene-Containing Planetary Nebulae

Manchado, A.; Díaz-Luis, J. J.; García-Hernández, D. A.; Cataldo, F.
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The Diffuse Interstellar Bands, Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, IAU Symposium, Volume 297, pp. 223-225

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Large fullerenes and fullerene-based molecules have been proposed as carriers of diffuse interstellar bands (DIBs). The recent detection of the most common fullerenes (C60 and C70) around some Planetary Nebulae (PNe) now enable us to study the DIBs in fullerene-rich space environments. We have studied the presence of DIBs in the optical spectra (~3300-9400 Å) of two fullerene-containing PNe (Tc 1 and M 1-20). Special attention is given to DIBs which are found to be unusually intense in fullerene-containing PNe; several of these DIBS have not previously been reported. Fullerenes larger than C60 (and C70) and multishell fullerenes may be possible candidate carriers for the unusual DIBs seen in fullerene-rich environments.