2013 Volume 29 Issue 1 Pages 113-119
We constructed an apparatus to measure the wavelength dispersion of the Faraday rotation in the visible region, and determined the Verdet constants of diamagnetic organic liquids, including aliphatic compounds, benzene derivatives, and naphthalene derivatives. These three groups were easily distinguished by the magnitudes of their Verdet constants. Based on the theory developed by Serber, we determined the enhancing effect of π*←π transitions on the visible-light Faraday rotation angles observed for aromatic compounds. Furthermore, we propose a novel approach for simultaneously observing Faraday rotation dispersion and natural optical rotatory dispersion.