Carbyne Forms of Carbon: Do They Exist?

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Science  28 May 1982:
Vol. 216, Issue 4549, pp. 984-986
DOI: 10.1126/science.216.4549.984


Almost 15 years have passed since carbynes entered the literature as new forms of elemental carbon. They recently attracted attention as possible interstellar dust constituents and as carriers of presolar noble gases in meteorites. Their existence and that of the related mineral chaoite are questioned, and a reevaluation of previous data is suggested.