Magneto-Optical Characteristics of Human Serum
M. Surmaa, J. Bućkob, G. Bąkc and M. Ciszeka
aOptics Laboratory, Institute of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University Grunwaldzka 6, 60-780 Poznań, Poland
bInstitute of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Academy of Medicine Polna 33, 60-535 Poznań, Poland
cGreater Poland Cancer Center, Garbary 15, 61-866 Poznań, Poland
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A study of magneto-optical circular birefringence of human serum from healthy subjects and cancer patients was performed. Significant differences in the magnetic field induced change of the natural optical activity of serum from healthy blood donors and neoplasmic patients were noted. The natural optical activity of blood is positive, irrespective of the donor health status, whereas the magnetic field induced (B > 10T) change in the natural optical activity of the serum from cancer patients is negative while that from healthy donors is positive. The value and sign of the characteristic magneto-optical marker of human serum was discovered in a study of the influence of very high magnetic fields on chiral media and interpreted on the basis of the recent developments in the theory of magnetic field induced optical circular birefringence in the media revealing natural optical activity. The blood serum is a chiral medium.
DOI: 10.12693/APhysPolA.98.533
PACS numbers: 42.25.Lc, 78.20.Ek, 78.20.Ls