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Final Report - PRAMICIDIS (The Millimeter Wave Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy as a Powerful Tool for the Exploration of Molecules)

Project ID: 224936
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE


This is the final report of the PRAMICIDIS project, which is funded under the European Commission (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project aims to construct a millimetre wave circular dichroism (MCD) spectrometer and investigate how it functions with chiral molecules. Circular dichroism (CD) is a form of spectroscopy based on the differential absorption of left- and right-handed circularly polarised light by chiral molecules. This research will be the start of a universal approach to determining how chiral macromolecules are structured.

The project successfully created a MCD spectrometer. Although an MCD signal has not yet been observed on a real chiral molecule, research will continue in order to detect it. Further research was started on the bolometer, which could be better compared to a pyroelectric detector and enables the use of higher modulation frequencies. Eventually, the ability to detect CD signals would be significant in finding an explanation for the theory of rotational circular dichroism.

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