Cover Picture: Circular Dichroism in the Photoelectron Angular Distributions of Camphor and Fenchone from Multiphoton Ionization with Femtosecond Laser Pulses (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 20/2012)

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Mirror, mirror The ionization of chiral molecules with circularly polarized light creates an enhancement of the photoelectron angular distribution in the forward direction relative to the laser beam. The mirror-image distribution is obtained with the mirror-image enantiomer. The effect allows enantiomers to be distinguished in the gas phase. To date a synchrotron source was required, now as T. Baumert and co-workers show in their Communication on page 5001 ff., only a laser set-up is necessary.

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