Chiral-selective radiolysis in a magnetic field

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Abstract

Unpolarized radiation, photons or charged particles, interact differently with left-and right-handed chiral media placed in external magnetic fields B. We estimate the efficiency of this chirality breaking mechanism for molecules and radicals with different types of radiation. It is shown that the correlation between the directions of the terrestrial magnetic field and the Sun's radiation suggests a natural background for the chiral selection in prebiotic media which normally dominate over weak interaction chiral influences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-200
Number of pages7
JournalPhysics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics
Volume220
Issue number4-5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 9 1996
Externally publishedYes

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