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Bond and stick model of C-60 Buckminsterfullerene molecule

Ray-traced picture of bond-and-stick model of a C-60 Buckminsterfullerene molecule

Ray-traced picture of a bond-and-stick model of a C-60 Buckminsterfullerene molecule. C-60 Buckminsterfullerene is a naturally occurring form of carbon, with 60 carbon atoms per molecule arranged in the structure of a soccer bal l. It is named after the architect R. Buckminster Fuller, who designed "geodesic spheres"--which happen to have the exact structure of C-60 molecules.

The model shown in this picture is not based on the actual chemical structure of C-60, but on atom positions generated in the spirit of R. Buckminster Fuller by subdividing a regular dodecahedron. The model was generated by placing spheres at atom positions and cylinders along atom-atom bonds. The image was generated by ray-tracing the model with a reflective surface floating on top of a checkerboard. The ray-tracing algorithm used point light sources and adaptive anti-aliasing. (Year of image: 2000)


Credit: Image generated by Oliver Kreylos, Center for Image Processing and Integrated Computing (CIPIC), University of California, Davis. This image does not show an actual C-60 Buckminsterfullerene molecule.

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