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Can graphene work in outer space?

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  1. Mar 23, 2014 #1
    I had a random idea and wanted to know whether graphene could retain it's conductive properties after being exposed to cosmic rays.

    I know that graphene gets it's conductivity from the free electrons from its carbon atoms.
    I know that cosmic rays consist mainly of protons, with the minority being heavier positive nuclei, travelling near the speed of light at energies of around 1 GeV/c.

    Would this affect graphene's conductive property in any way?
     
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  3. Mar 23, 2014 #2

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    Cosmic rays would introduce defects in graphene (and any other solid material) over time. I don't know how quickly that would influence the conductivity.
     
  4. Mar 25, 2014 #3
    How exactly would defects affect graphene's conductivity?
     
  5. Apr 10, 2014 #4
    Anything here in the earth feel the cosmic ray effects
     
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