Optical Activity Anisotropy of Benzil

Kenta Nakagawa, Alexander T. Martin, Shane M. Nichols, Veronica L. Murphy, Bart Kahr*, Toru Asahi


研究成果: Article査読

8 被引用数 (Scopus)


Optical activity (OA) along the optic axis of crystalline benzil has been measured by many over the past 150 years. However, the OA anisotropy remains uncharacterized due to difficulties in sample preparation as well as competition with linear birefringence (LB). The challenges associated with measuring OA along low-symmetry directions in crystals have too often left scientists with only average values of nonresonant OA in solution, i.e., specific rotations, which continue to resist interpretation in terms of structure. Measuring OA anisotropy has been facilitated by recent advances in polarimetry and optical modeling and here we compare results from two distinct division-of-time polarimeters. The absolute structure of crystalline benzil was established for the first time. The optical rotation (OR) of (+)-crystalline benzil (space group P3121) perpendicular to the optic axis at the sodium D-line is -24.6 ± 1.1°/mm. A spectroscopic optical model in the transparent region of the crystal is provided. Electronic structure calculations of OR inform the polarimetric measurements and point to the necessity of developing linear response theory with periodic boundary conditions in order to interpret the results of chiroptical measurements in crystals.

ジャーナルJournal of Physical Chemistry C
出版ステータスPublished - 2017 11月 16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 電子材料、光学材料、および磁性材料
  • エネルギー(全般)
  • 物理化学および理論化学
  • 表面、皮膜および薄膜


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