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Chiral recognition in electron scattering by S- and R-2-butanol

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Experiments are described involving the low energy scattering of electrons from the two optical enantiomers S- and R- 2-butanol. Using a synchrotron radiation photoionization source on the ASTRID storage ring, scattering spectra are
reported between a few meV and 140 meV at an electron energy resolution of 1.6 meV. These data show electron dichroism at 35 meV, for scattering into the backward hemisphere, with a cross-section of 202.1±8.0 Å2 (4σ ) and 182.8±9.0 Å2 (4σ ) for S- and R- respectively, with the racemic mixture lying at the average value. No dichroic effect could be detected in the integral cross-section within the accuracy of the experiment. A brief qualitative discussion is given of a possible electron dissociative attachment mechanism for the creation of homochirality in space, including a new feature involving feedback through enhancement of electron polarization through scattering from non-racemic mixtures of enantiomers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMolecular Physics
Pages (from-to)2197-2203
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015

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