UV Circular Polarisation in Star Formation Regions: The Origin of Homochirality?

@article{Lucas2005UVCP,
  title={UV Circular Polarisation in Star Formation Regions: The Origin of Homochirality?},
  author={Philip W. Lucas and James H. Hough and Jeremy Bailey and Antonio Chrysostomou and Tim M Gledhill and Alan McCall},
  journal={Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres},
  year={2005},
  volume={35},
  pages={29-60}
}
Ultraviolet circularly polarised light has been suggested as the initial cause of the homochirality of organic molecules in terrestrial organisms, via enantiomeric selection of prebiotic molecules by asymmetric photolysis. We present a theoretical investigation of mechanisms by which ultraviolet circular polarisation may be produced in star formation regions. In the scenarios considered here, light scattering produces only a small percentage of net circular polarisation at any point in space… CONTINUE READING

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