Angle-Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Randomly Oriented 3-Hydroxytetrahydrofuran Enantiomers (pages 1164–1168)
Anna Giardini, Daniele Catone, Stefano Stranges, Mauro Satta, Mario Tacconi, Susanna Piccirillo, Stefano Turchini, Nicola Zema, Giorgio Contini, Tommaso Prosperi, Pietro Decleva, Devis Di Tommaso, Giovanna Fronzoni, Mauro Stener, Antonello Filippi and Maurizio Speranza
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2005 | DOI: 10.1002/cphc.200400483
Not only the electron distribution but also the structure, conformation, and nuclear vibrational motion of floppy chiral molecules markedly affect the angular distribution of the valence electrons emitted by their interaction with circularly polarized vacuum ultraviolet light (see picture). These findings suggest that circular dichroism may be a tool for investigating the structural and conformational dynamics of chiral molecules in the isolated state.