Chemical stereodynamics: retrospect and prospect
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Thematic aspects of chemical stereodynamics are discussed that offer much scope for further development. Particularly emphasized are opportunities to exploit angular correlations to recover information usually presumed to be inaccessible; means to hybridize rotational angular momentum and thereby create spatially oriented or aligned pendular states in which molecular axes are confined to oscillate about the direction of an external field; the major role of atomic electronegativity differences in producing steric preferences in reactivity, by affecting the location of nodes and asymmetric composition in molecular orbitals; and some newly recognized stereodynamic aspects of DNA replication.
PACS.33.15.Bh General molecular conformation and symmetry; stereochemistry 31.10.+z Theory of electronic structure, electronic transitions, and chemical binding 83.37.-j Single molecule kinetics
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