Anapole moment of a chiral molecule

I. B. Khriplovich, M. E. Pospelov

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Due to the absence of the centre of symmetry a chiral molecule acquires a specific electromagnetic moment, anapole one, which is of the usual atomic order of magnitude. This moment is calculated by us explicitly for a model of a chiral radical. Molecular anapole moments lead to the polarization of chiral radicals in a conducting solution by an applied voltage. The analogous effect can in principle constitute a physical background for the experimental searches for T-violation in atoms and molecules. In this connection we consider also anapole moments of atoms and diatomic molecules caused by parity nonconservation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-84
Number of pages4
JournalZeitschrift für Physik D Atoms, Molecules and Clusters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1990
Externally publishedYes


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