June 12, 2018

Artist's concept of nanodiamonds in a protoplanetary disk (Image courtesy S. Dagnello, NRAO/AUI/NSF)

An article published in the journal “Nature Astronomy” describes the detection of nanodiamonds around three newborn star systems in the Milky Way. A team of researchers led by astronomer Jane Greaves of the Welsh University of Cardiff used the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) to observe the V892 Tau system and the Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA) to observe the HD 97048 and MWC 297 systems obtaining the first clear detections of anomalous microwave emissions (AMEs) concluding that the nanodiamonds are their source.