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what is optical activity??what are the applications of optical activity??

what is optical activity??what are the applications of optical activity??

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rajan jha
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12 years ago
Optical activity describes the phenomenon by which chiral molecules are observed to rotate polarized light in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. This rotation is a result of the properties inherent in the interaction between light and the individual molecules through which it passes. Material that is either achiral or equal mixtures of each chiral configuration (called a racemic mixture) do not rotate polarized light, but when a majority of a substance has a certain chiral configuration the plane can be rotated in either direction. it is applied to detrmine whether a compound is optically active

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