Detection of circular polarization in light scattered from photosynthetic microbes.

@article{Sparks2009DetectionOC,
  title={Detection of circular polarization in light scattered from photosynthetic microbes.},
  author={William B. Sparks and James Hough and Thomas A. Germer and Feng Chen and Samya Dassarma and Priya Dassarma and Frank T Robb and Nadine Manset and Ludmilla Kolokolova and Neill Reid and Ferdinando D. Macchetto and William Martin},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2009},
  volume={106 19},
  pages={7816-21}
}
The identification of a universal biosignature that could be sensed remotely is critical to the prospects for success in the search for life elsewhere in the universe. A candidate universal biosignature is homochirality, which is likely to be a generic property of all biochemical life. Because of the optical activity of chiral molecules, it has been hypothesized that this unique characteristic may provide a suitable remote sensing probe using circular polarization spectroscopy. Here, we report… CONTINUE READING
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