Chiral Systems

Chirality plays an important role in nearly all areas of fundamental and applied science, as often the interaction of chiral objects with each other depends on their handedness.  Prominent examples taken from molecular sciences are the interaction of chiral drugs with the corresponding chiral receptors in the human body giving rise to different follow-up reactions or the interaction of circularly polarized light with chiral molecules giving rise to different chiroptical effects.  The first example highlights the importance of developing ultrasensitive and fast methods for chiral analysis and the second hints to a convenient way to perform such an analysis.  Groups in CINSaT work on the synthesis, fundamental modelling and novel analysis schemes of interacting chiral systems in and beyond molecular sciences.  CINSaT members can shine structured light on chiral systems ranging from the XUV to THz regime down to zeptosecond temporal precision.

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