Raman Spectrosopy on the Earth and in the Heavens

Dr. Rene Rodriguez
Idaho State University
Department of Chemistry

Raman Spectroscopy is a powerful tool for chemical analysis based on inelastically scattered light.  The spectra collected may contain information about the rotational, vibrational, and/or electronic energy states of the molecules being probed.  The excitation is most often accomplished with a LASER, but other sources can be used as well.  A basic introduction to Raman spectroscopy and its application to the analysis of both earth-based and non-earth-based system investigations will be presented.

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