Mineral Spectroscopy

Spectroscopic techniques are powerful analytical techniques for interpreting internal structures of minerals, from point defects to nascent microscale growth structures.

Expertise at the Department includes the use of spatially resolved measurement techniques (Raman, infrared, absorption spectroscopy) related to crystal-induced anisotropy, the interpretation of structures of growth- and transformation-induced formation or transformation of minerals, the crystallochemical role of hydrogen in mineral structures, as well as optical spectroscopy for coloration in minerals.