The most obvious symmetry breaking in Nature is the left-right asymmetry of living beings: sugars and amino acids are almost exclusively represented by one of their stereoisomers (D-isomer for sugars and L-isomer for amino acids) at the expense of other possible isomers. In our experiment we studied the aqueous solutions of tartaric acid, alanine, and cysteine in the function of temperature by positron lifetime spectroscopy. The results were compared with those obtained in pure water under similar conditions. We always observed a sharp minimum of the positron lifetime at around 41°C in water and in the solutions of the natural stereo-isomers. On the other hand, the same minimum occurred at considerably lower temperatures in the solutions of the 'unnatural' isomers.
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- Analytical Chemistry
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis