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Speaker: Michael Stich, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Title: Chemical and chiral oscillations in simple polymerization models * Joint Event: Colloquium on Complex and Biological Systems / Seminar of the GRK 1558

Time: Fri, Nov 22, 2013, 10:15am

Place: bldg 28, room 0.108

Some fundamental building blocks of living matter, such as amino acids and sugars show the preference of one of the two chiral states of an otherwise chemically identical molecule. The origin of this so-called biological homochirality is still a matter of debate, even after decades of intense theoretical and experimental work. At the heart of many theoretical approaches lies a mechanism responsible for spontaneous mirror symmetry breaking, leading finally to stable stationary states of given chirality, i.e., states with nonvanishing enantiomeric excess. In this talk, we discuss a model purporting to describe general chiral polymerization processes in a prebiotically relevant system, devised for explaining the appearance of homochirality. We observe the onset of stable chemical oscillations in this model which are in fact related to the appearance of oscillations in the enantiomeric excess, the so-called chiral oscillations. We discuss the importance of the results in light of recent experiments on amino acids reporting chiral oscillations and the fact that the memory of the sign of an initial primordial chiral fluctuation could be erased by subsequent oscillations.

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