We are currently learning about enantiomers in organic chemistry class. So far, we've covered what makes an enantiomer, the concept of chirality, optical isomer naming systems, and the physical and chemical properties of enantiomers. One of the physical properties listed is that enantiomers rotate polarized light. An enantiomer of type R might rotate polarized light in the (+) direction, while its counterpart (S) might rotate light in the (-) direction. The sources I've read don't explain the physical mechanism that produces this rotation. My initial thought is that the light will bounce into and off of different enantiomers in different directions, presumably because of the spatial arrangement of the atoms. I'm hoping someone will be able to add more. Thank you!