Enantiomer differentiation, separation, and precision studies using tailored microwave fields

Prof. Dr. Melanie Schnell

In project B2, we exploit tailored microwave fields to investigate, control, and manipulate chiral molecules in the gas phase based on microwave three-wave mixing. It is a coherent, resonant, and non-linear process and is inherently mixture compatible. It provides access to absolute configuration and enantiomeric excess determination. Using tailored microwave pulses, enantiomer-selective population transfer between states is possible, which is the first step towards enantiomer separation using electromagnetic fields. Such samples are unique starting points for advanced molecular physics experiments, such as chirality-dependent collisions and precision measurements.