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Quantum Effects in Cosmochemistry: Complexation Energy and Van Der Waals RadiiThe subject of quantum effects in cosmochemistry was recently addressed with the goal of understanding how they contribute to Q-phase noble gas abundances found in meteorites. It was the pursuit of the Q-phase carrier of noble gases and their anomalous abundances that ultimately led to the identification, isolation, and discovery of presolar grains. In spite of its importance, Q-phase investigations have led a number of authors to reach conclusions that do not seem to be supported by quantum chemistry. In view of the subject's fundamental significance, additional study is called for. Two quantum properties of Q-phase candidates known as endohedral carbon-cage clathrates such as fullerenes will be addressed here. These are complexation energy and instability induced by Pauli blocking (exclusion principle).
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Mittlefehldt, D. W. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Wilson, T. L. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2007
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Meeting Information
Lunar and Planetary Science Conference(Houston, TX)
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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