SPECTROSCOPY - Study of spectral information
Upon irradiation with infrared light, certain bonds respond by vibrating faster. This response can be detected and translated into a visual representation called a spectrum.
SPECTRUM INTERPRETATION PROCESS
1. Recognize a pattern.
2. Associate patterns with physical parameters.
3. Identify possible meanings, i.e. propose explanations.
Once a spectrum is obtained, the main challenge is to extract the information it contains in abstract, or hidden form. This requires the recognition of certain patterns, the association of these patterns with physical parameters, and the interpretation of these patterns in terms of meaningful and logical explanations.