Viedma Molero, Cristóbal (2005) Chiral Symmetry Breaking During Crystallization: Complete Chiral Purity Induced by Nonlinear Autocatalysis and Recycling. Physical review letters, 94 . 65504-1-65504-4. ISSN 0031-9007
Official URL: http://prl.aps.org/
We report experimental results that show a large and symmetric population of D and L crystals moving into complete chiral purity, with one of the enantiomers completely disappearing. The results indicate (i) a new symmetry breaking process incompatible with the hypothesis of an initial single chiral phase or ‘‘mother crystal,’’ (ii) that total symmetry breaking and complete chiral purity can be achieved from a system that initially includes both enantiomers, and (iii) that this is achieved through a nonlinear autocatalytic-recycling process.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Chyral symmetry; Crystallization|
|Subjects:||Sciences > Geology > Crystallography|
|Deposited On:||27 Sep 2012 11:24|
|Last Modified:||27 Sep 2012 11:24|
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