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Optical rotation (OR) emerges from a difference in the index of refraction of a compound towards left/right circularly polarized light. All chiral have some difference in these indices of refraction. Your question specifically relates to isotopically chiral molecules where the effect is more subtle. You are correct that (OR) is fundamentally an electronic ...

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Does the distillation of alcohol cause the fractioning of isotopes[...]? The short answer is it depends. Distillation of ethanol from water can be done nearly to completion. There are published methods for determining isotopic composition of sugars in fruit juices which involve fermentation of the juice to yield ethanol, followed by nearly quantitative ...

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From a 2007 paper:: Here we show that instrumental advances in Raman optical activity, combined with quantum chemical computations, make it possible to determine the absolute configuration of (R)-[$\ce{^2H1}$, $\ce{^2H2}$, $\ce{^2H3}$]-neopentane. This saturated hydrocarbon represents the archetype of all molecules that are chiral as a result of a ...

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