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Bird Navigation Chemical Model

Bird Navigation Chemical Model

An international team of researchers are the first to demonstrate that a synthesized photochemical molecule composed of linked carotenoid (C), porphyrin (P) and fullerene (F) units can act as a magnetic compass. When excited with light, CPF forms a short-lived charge-separated state with a negative charge on the ball-like fullerene unit and a positive charge on the rod-like carotenoid unit. The lifetime of the charge-separated state before it returns to its lowest energy or ground state is sensitive to the magnitude and direction of a weak magnetic field similar to Earth's.

Full story at:
http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=111509

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“Looks great, Zina. Congratulations on a good job.”

--Devens Gust
Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Arizona State University

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--Diane Banegas
Public Affairs Officer
National Science Foundation

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