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Challenge Calculation of the Intrinsic (Maximum) Birefringence of Molecules
Calculation of the Intrinsic (Maximum) Birefringence of Molecules
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 210
Posted: Jan 29 2013
Challenge ID: 9932811
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The Seeker is looking for an algorithm or method to calculate intrinsic birefringence of certain types of molecules based on their molecular structure and first principles. This method would be used to calculate properties of molecules before they are synthesized. 

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Birefringence is a property where a material has two apparent indices of refraction (sometimes called “double refraction”) depending on the polarization of the incident light. Birefringence, being the difference between the two indices of refraction, is easily measured, but not so easily predicted. The Seeker would like a way to predict the intrinsic birefringence of a molecule based on its structure so they can choose the proper ones to synthesize. 

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution.  However, the Seeker will be willing to consider a licensingagreement for a partial award if exclusive IP cannot be transferred by the Solver.

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