Second-order Optical Activity of Chiral Surfaces

Martti Kauranen, Thierry Verbiest, Jeffery J. Maki, & Andre Persoons, Laboratory of Chemical and Biological Dynamics, University of Leuven, Heverlee, Belgium, & Teresa Petralli-Mallow, Jeffrey D. Byers, Herman I. Yee, and Janice M. Hicks, Department of Chemistry, Georgetown University, Washington,DC

Chiral molecules occur in two forms that are identical in their chemical composition but differ in their handedness. Distinction between these mirror image forms, or enantiomers, is important because they can have different physiological properties.

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