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Phys Rev Lett. 2005 Feb 18;94(6):065504. Epub 2005 Feb 17.

Chiral symmetry breaking during crystallization: complete chiral purity induced by nonlinear autocatalysis and recycling.

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Departamento de Cristalografia y Mineralogia, Facultad de Geologia, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain. viedma@geo.ucm.es

Abstract

We report experimental results that show a large and symmetric population of D and L crystals moving into complete chiral purity, with one of the enantiomers completely disappearing. The results indicate (i) a new symmetry breaking process incompatible with the hypothesis of an initial single chiral phase or "mother crystal," (ii) that total symmetry breaking and complete chiral purity can be achieved from a system that initially includes both enantiomers, and (iii) that this is achieved through a nonlinear autocatalytic-recycling process.

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15783745
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10.1103/PhysRevLett.94.065504
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