Chirality and Quantum Spin – a Critical Assessment

822. WE-Heraeus-Seminar

02 Dec - 05 Dec 2024


Physikzentrum Bad Honnef

Scientific organizers:

Prof. Dr. Carmen Herrmann, U Hamburg, Germany • Prof. Dr. Jonas Fransson, U Uppsala, Sweden

For electrons moving in chiral molecules, one spin projection is more likely to be transported through the structure than the other, despite that the chiral molecule is often diamagnetic. This is the chiral induced spin selectivity (CISS) effect. It is a quantum phenomenon that is based on chirality, spin-orbit coupling, particle-particle interaction, and compositeness. However, exactly how these aspects are brought together and result in the CISS effect is yet an enigma.

This question, among several others, will be discussed in this seminar, with the aim to reach some clarification. Leading experts working in the field of the CISS effect as well as expert physicists, chemists, engineering and biology-oriented scientists aiming to focus research in this direction will provide lectures with a broad scope to facilitate a wider comprehension and open discussions of this enigmatic issue.

Invited speakers will outline the contemporary state of the experimental and theoretical sides in presentations in order to open for questions and discussions between the attending researchers. In addition, participants are asked and encouraged to take part in the poster session preceded by an oral brief presentation of the poster contents. The number of attending researchers is limited to 80.

The conference language will be English. The Wilhelm and Else Heraeus-Foundation bears the cost of full-board accommodation for all participants.