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Diffraction Symmetry in Crystalline, Close-Packed C60

  • R. M. Fleming (a1), T. Siegrist (a1), P. M. Marsh (a1), B. Hessen (a1), A. R. Kortan (a1), D. W. Murphy (a1), R. C. Haddon (a1), R. Tycko (a1), G. Dabbagh (a1), A. M. Mujsce (a1), M. L. Kaplan (a1) and S. M. Zahurak (a1)...


We have grown crystals of the carbon structure C60 by sublimation. In contrast to solution-grown crystals, the sublimed crystals have long range order with no evidence of solvent inclusions. Sublimed C60 forms three dimensional, faceted crystals with a close-packed, face-centered cubic unit cell. We have refined a crystal structure using the “soccer ball” model of the C60 molecule. The results indicate that the C60 molecule has the expected spherical shape, however the data are not sufficiently accurate to unambiguously determine atomic positions.



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