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Comptes Rendus Physique
Volume 5, n° 2
pages 273-277 (mars 2004)
Doi : 10.1016/j.crhy.2004.01.023
Received : 1 July 2003 ;  accepted : 20 January 2004
Experimental evidence of magnetochiral interaction in Pasteur's tartrates

Thierry  Ruchon a ,  Marc  Vallet a * ,  Jean-Yves  Thépot b ,  Albert  Le Floch a ,  Robert W.  Boyd c
aLaboratoire d'électronique quantique-physique des lasers, unité mixte de recherche du centre national de la recherche scientifique 6627, Université de Rennes I, campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes cedex, France 
bLaboratoire organométalliques et catalyse, unité mixte de recherche du centre national de la recherche scientifique 6509, Université de Rennes I, campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes cedex, France 
cInstitute of Optics, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627, USA 

*Corresponding author.

We have isolated the magnetochiral refraction in Pasteur's tartrates and deduced the associated magnetochiral absorption. The presence of a strong peak at 235 nm in the magnetochiral absorption spectrum of tartrates shows that Pasteur's first attempt to induce chirality with a magnetic field could perhaps have succeeded, provided that a UV source was simultaneously used. To cite this article: T. Ruchon et al., C. R. Physique 5 (2004).


Nous avons isolé l'interaction magnétochirale en réfraction dans les tartrates étudiés par Pasteur, et en avons déduit l'absorption magnétochirale. La présence d'un pic important à 235 nm dans le spectre d'absorption magnétochirale montre que les tentatives de Pasteur pour induire de la chiralité à partir d'un champ magnétique auraient peut-être pu aboutir s'il avait utilisé simultanément une source UV. Pour citer cet article : T. Ruchon et al., C. R. Physique 5 (2004).

Mots clés  : Pasteur's tartrates ; Magnetochiral interaction ; Magnetochiral absorption.

Mots clés  : Tartrates de Pasteur ; Interaction magnétochirale ; Absorption magnétochirale.

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