Perpendicular Paramagnetic Bonding In Another World Things Spin Backwards And Stick Together - New Chemical Bond Found In Outer Space -
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There's a new bond in town, and this secret agent works best in extreme situations.
The bond, of the chemical variety, occurs in the presence of very strong magnetic fields, such as those found around ultra-dense white dwarf stars. Its discovery not only demonstrates the existence of an unfamiliar and exotic type of chemistry, it may also give insight into the behaviours of these mysterious stellar bodies.
Lange and his colleagues wondered if things might be different around white dwarfs. "Chemistry and molecular physics become very different in the presence of a strong magnetic field," says Erik Tellgren, Lange's colleague. "Even very simple systems behave in exotic and unfamiliar ways compared to what we are used to under normal conditions."
With this in mind, the researchers used quantum chemical simulations to model chemical bonding in hydrogen and helium atoms in the magnetic field of a white dwarf. In both cases, the atoms were drawn into strongly bonded pairs.
Because the electrons in these bonded atoms occupied anti-bonding orbitals Ė which is forbidden in both types of known chemical bond Ė the researchers say this is a new type of bond. They have dubbed it "perpendicular paramagnetic bonding".
The work shows that "molecules that don't exist under normal conditions can exist in a sufficiently large magnetic field," says Lange.