2-7 June 2019
Simon Fraser University
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43 - A Stern-Gerlach separator of chiral enantiomers based on the Casimir-Polder potential

Jun 4, 2019, 5:01 PM
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Simon Fraser University

Poster (Non-Student) / Affiche (Non-étudiant(e)) Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Canada / Division de la physique atomique, moléculaire et photonique, Canada (DAMOPC-DPAMPC) DAMOPC Poster Session & Student Poster Competition Finals (26) | Session d'affiches DPAMPC et finales du concours d'affiches étudiantes (26)


Dr Fumika Suzuki (University of British Columbia)


We propose a method to separate enantiomers using parity violation in the Casimir–Polder potential between chiral mirrors and chiral molecules. The proposed setup involves a molecular beam composed of chiral molecules passing through a planar cavity consisting of two chiral mirrors. Enantiomers of opposite handedness are deflected differently due to a chiral dependence of the Casimir–Polder potential resulting in the separation of the enantiomers. Our setup provides an alternative
experimental tool for enantiomer separation, as well as shedding light on the fundamental properties of the Casimir-Polder potential.

Primary authors

Dr Fumika Suzuki (University of British Columbia) Prof. Takamasa Momose (University of British Columbia) Dr Stefan Buhmann (Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg)

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