Project Overview

Chiral Forces

Faculty Sponsor

Kiko Galvez (


Physics and Astronomy


A holy grail of the use of the chirality in nature is to be able to separate molecules by their chirality. In this project we use light to investigate a predicted force that a light beam exerts on molecules that separate them by their chirality. The work involve manipulating laser beams, chiral materials and the use of optical tweezers to develop new ways to measure the novel force.

Student Qualifications

Desirable qualities: At least intro physics, plus eagerness to do hands-on experimentation, some knowledge of chemistry.

Number of Student Researchers

1 student

Project Length

8 weeks

Applications open on 01/15/2017 and close on 02/07/2017

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