Photoinduced separation of chiral isomers in a classical buffer gas

B. Spivak, A. V. Andreev

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We develop a theory of photoinduced drift of chiral molecules or small particles in classical buffer gases. In the absence of a magnetic field there exists a flux of chiral molecules, provided the electromagnetic field is circularly polarized. It has opposite signs for different chiral isomers. In the presence of a magnetic field the flux can be also induced by a linearly polarized (or unpolarized) electromagnetic field. The magnitude of the flux is not proportional to either linear or orbital momentum of the electromagnetic field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number063004
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes


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