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Polarized bremsstrahlung not the source of optical activity

Polarized bremsstrahlung not the source of optical activity

Origins of Life 7(4): 383-387

An evaluation is made on the previously proposed scheme (polarized .beta.-particles .fwdarw. circularly polarized bremsstrahlung .fwdarw. optically active molecules) by which dissymmetry at the elementary particle level may be transmitted to the molecular level. The calculations suggest that much too small a fraction of the total energy of the electron appears as light, capable of causing photochemical resolution, to explain results obtained in the laboratory on the preferential radiation-induced decomposition of one enantiomer of chiral amino acids.

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DOI: 10.1007/bf00927933

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