PerspectiveChemistry

Coherence and Symmetry Breaking at the Molecular Level

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Science  02 Feb 2007:
Vol. 315, Issue 5812, pp. 610-611
DOI: 10.1126/science.1138234

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Summary

Contrary to expectation, when an electron leaves a symmetric dihydrogen molecule before dissociation, the breakup is asymmetric. This paradox can be understood by considering fundamental properties of interacting waves.