Can anyone offer a description of what's actually going on in the observed interference of Fullerene? We're talking about molecules with a lot of complexity, with angular momentum, many internal degrees of freedom and that emit thermal radiation. How do we explain that they remain coherent in order to produce intereference patterns? What do we even mean by a coherent molecule? Can we breakdown the wave equation of the molecule, in principle at least, and expect to see matching interference from its constituent particles or do we need a more complex picture? How do we reconcile the fact that these consituent parts can have different relative positions with respect to each other on the different paths aswell as potentially different frequencies and phases? Do we expect that each constituent particle self-interferes or do we have sufficient flexilbility that different particles interfere with each other at the detector, rather than themselves? Does the rotational symmetry of Fullerene play a significant role in this? To what exetent do we consider the consitutent nuclei and electrons distinguishable? Why do we not see infra-red photon emission causing decoherence of the molecule? These experiments are conducted with the molecule beam encased in metal. Those photons can't be getting very far before being obsorbed by a macroscopic system, right? I understand that some of this isn't necessairily well understood yet and is likely to be an area of ongoing research, but any insight would be appreciated.