Electron Scattering from Chiral Molecules

Part of the Physics of Atoms and Molecules book series (PIDF)

Abstract

It is generally believed that the formation of optically active molecules was a necessary step towards the origin of life. Optically active (or chiral) molecules usually exist in two forms, the l- and d-forms, which are mirror images of each other. In living organisms only one of the two alternative enantiomers is found. Apart from a few exceptions, the amino acids occurring in natural proteins belong to the l-species and sugars to the d-species.

Keywords

Spin Polarization Electron Scattering Chiral Molecule Proper Scalar Asymmetric Carbon Atom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Blum
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical Physics IUniversity of MünsterMünsterWest Germany

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