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Spectroscopy of rocks and minerals and principles of spectroscopy

January 1, 1999

Spectroscopy is the study of light as a function of wavelength that has been emitted, reflected or scattered from a solid, liquid, or gas. In this chapter I will primarily discuss the spectroscopy of minerals, but the principles apply to any material. No single chapter can cover this topic adequately, and one could argue, not even a single book. Thus, in some ways, this chapter may fall short of expectations, depending on the reader. In this chapter, I have tried to provide an overview of what is already known, some of which may be covered better in other reviews. I have also tried to present some of the practical lessons of spectroscopy, some of which have been in use by spectroscopists as common knowledge, but have not necessarily been previously published in detail. See Adams (1975), Hunt (1977), Farmer (1974), Hunt (1982); Clark and Roush (1984), Clark et al. (1990a), Gaffey et al. (1993), Salisbury (1993), and references in those papers for more details.

Publication Year 1999
Title Spectroscopy of rocks and minerals and principles of spectroscopy
Authors Roger N. Clark
Publication Type Book Chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Index ID 70196852
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center