Chiral vs. Symmetric States in Optical Isomers
V.M. Pérez-García, I. Gonzalo, J.L. Pérez Díaz
Nuovo Cimento D, 15, 621-629 (1993).
MOLAB authors
An extension of a recent model explaining the stability of chiral molecules is presented here. From the comparison between the energy reduction produced by the adoption of a chiral form and that produced by a symmetric superposition of chiral states it is concluded that the true fundamental state of the chiral molecules is the chiral one, which eliminates the well-known «optical-isomers paradox». Also, a discussion on the main differences between the approach used here and the previous attempts of explanation based in the double-well model is made.