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Electron Mobility in Large Molecules

Nature volume 154, pages 642643 (18 November 1944) | Download Citation

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IN an earlier paper1, I discussed the longitudinal and transverse polarizabilities of a number of bonds, as calculated from data on refractivity, Kerr constant and depolarization factor. The C–C single bond was exceptional in having a very high ratio (c. 100: 1) of the longitudinal to the transverse polarizability. This indicates that in this bond the electrons can be displaced much more readily in a direction parallel to the bond than in a direction at right angles. It was suggested that this factor might be of importance in connexion with the structure of long-chain compounds.

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  1. Chemistry Department, University College, Southampton. Sept. 9.

    • K. G. DENBIGH

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