Raman spectroscopy is a chemical instrumentation technique that exploits molecular vibrations. The information tat can be gained using Raman spectroscopy is complementary to that from Infrared Spectroscopy but acquired using sources and detectors in the UV through Near Infrared spectral range.
- 11.1: Raman- Application
- If one can extract all of the vibrational information corresponds a molecule, its molecular structure can then be determined. In the field of spectroscopy, two main techniques are applied in order to detect molecular vibrational motions: Infrared spectroscopy (IR) and Raman spectroscopy. Raman Spectroscopy has its unique properties which have been used very commonly and widely.
- 11.2: Introduction to Lasers
- This module discusses basic concepts related to Lasers. Lasers are light sources that produce electromagnetic radiation through the process of stimulated emission. Laser light has properties different from more common light sources, such as incandescent bulbs and fluorescent lamps. Typically, laser radiation spans a small range of wavelengths and is emitted in a beam that is spatially narrow. The word laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
- 11.3: Resonant vs. Nonresonant Raman Spectroscopy
- In this section readers will be introduced to the theory behind resonance and non-resonance Raman spectroscopy. Each technique has its share of advantages and challenges. Each of these aspects will be explored.
- 11.4: Raman Spectroscopy - Review with a few questions
- Raman spectroscopy is an alternative way to get information about the infrared transitions within a molecule. In order for a vibrational transition to be Raman active, the molecule must undergo a change in polarizability during the vibration. Polarizability refers to the ease of distorting electrons from their original position. The polarizability of a molecule decreases with increasing electron density, increasing bond strength, and decreasing bond length.