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OSA Student Chapter Meeting

"Molecular Chirality"

Dr. Kevin Lehmann
Department of Chemistry
University of Virginia


I will give an overview of molecular chirality, the puzzle of biological homochirality, and the energy splittings of left and handed molecules predicted by the influence of parity violating electroweak interactions. I will then discuss detection methods focusing on a recently developed microwave detection method that uses only electric dipole interactions yet can distinguish left from right handed molecules. Lastly, I will discuss some proposed extensions of this method that potentially could allow selective destruction of right handed molecules and allow the measurement of both the magnitude and sign of the parity violating splitting in energy between right and left handed forms of a chiral molecule.

Friday, November 22, 2013
IQSE 578, 12:30 noon
Mitchell Physics Building

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Institute for Quantum Science and Engineering
Texas A&M University

(Pizza, salad, and soda served at 12:00 Noon. All are welcome!)

Host: Dr. Marlan Scully