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Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy, Introduction

Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy

  1. Alan C. Samuels

Published Online: 12 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/0471266965.com055.pub2

Characterization of Materials

Characterization of Materials

How to Cite

Samuels, A. C. 2012. Optical Imaging and Spectroscopy, Introduction. Characterization of Materials. 1–3.

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  1. Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 OCT 2012


Visual inspection is often the easiest and least expensive means by which materials can be characterized. Optical interrogation of a material, enhanced by microscopy and spectroscopy, is usually completely nondestructive and can be performed with minimal or in some cases no sample preparation whatsoever. This chapter covers the key methods by which optical interrogation may be applied to address materials characterization needs.


  • spectroscopy;
  • optical imaging;
  • microscopy;
  • introduction