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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1951
  • pp: 987–994

Optical Rotation of Polarized Light by Chemical Compounds

WALLACE R. BRODE  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 41, Issue 12, pp. 987-994 (1951)

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This paper is a survey of the application of plane polarized light to the determination of the configuration of asymmetric organic compounds. The concept of asymmetric structures is discussed and the methods of separation of optical isomers have been indicated. Spectropolarimeters for the determination of rotatory dispersion curves are described and examples of normal and anomalous rotatory dispersion curves are given.

WALLACE R. BRODE, "Optical Rotation of Polarized Light by Chemical Compounds," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 41, 987-994 (1951)

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  1. General reference in stereochemistry and optical activity: (a) Shriner, Adams, and Marvel, "Stereochemistry," in H. Gilman's Organic Chemistry (John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1943), second edition, Vol. 1, pp. 214–487. (b) G. W. Wheland, Advanced Organic Chemistry (John Wiley and Sons, New York, 1949), second edition. (c) W. Heller, "Polarimetry," in A. Weissberger's, Physical Methods of Organic Chemistry (Interscience Publishers, New York, 1949), second edition, Vol. 1, Part 2, pp. 1491–1610. (d) K. Freudenberg, Stereochemie (Deutick, 1933) (Edwards Bros., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1945).
  2. W. R. Brode and C. H. Jones, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 31, 743 (1941).
  3. E. E. Pickett and W. R. Brode (from unpublished material submitted for the Ph.D. degree at the Ohio State University by E. E. Pickett under the direction of W. R. Brode). Reported in abstract form in Abstracts of Doctoral Dissertations, The Ohio State University Press 56, 343 (1949).
  4. C. S. Hudson, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 40, 813 (1918).

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