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Fourier Transform Raman Instrumentation

Raman Spectroscopy

  1. Howell G.M. Edwards

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470027318.a6403

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

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Edwards, H. G. 2006. Fourier Transform Raman Instrumentation. Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. .

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  1. University of Bradford, Bradford, UK

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  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

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The physical basis of the instrumentation required for the recording of Raman spectra in the near-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum using an interferometer and Fourier transform (FT) techniques is described. The advantages and disadvantages of the technique compared with the recording of Raman spectra in the visible or ultraviolet (UV) region are described. The impetus provided by the nondestructive nature of this analytical method, combined with the minimization of fluorescence and the ease of sample presentation to the spectrometer is illustrated with examples from archaeological science, environmental science, and biology; accessories such as a Raman microscopic and a remote sensing fibre-optic probe are described with relevant applications in art conservation, materials analysis, processing and biomedical diagnostics. The potential for future applications of the technique in chemical, physical and biological sciences is outlined.