the practice of separating a signal by frequency (or sometimes energy or momentum) and analyzing the resulting spectrum.

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Heterodyne detection

According to Phase-stabilized two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy the local oscillator, LO, used for heterodyned signal detection always arrives first at time $t_4$, which is -700fs. In ...
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Why is the blue line in the Balmer series sometimes not visible?

So I've conducted an experiment to find the four visible hydrogen emission spectrum lines in the Balmer series in a laboratory. I don't have any background in quantum physics. When I looked through ...
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How deep within the sample can the DOS(density of states) be detected by STM(scanning tunnel microscope)?

Using STM equipment, we can get the LDOS(local density of states) on the surface of a sample. I want to know whether the LDOS within the sample(not surface) can be detected by STM. what is the ...
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Why can't I see the blue color scattered by the lower atmosphere of the earth?

I understand that the blue colour of the sky is because of the scattering of blue light by molecules in earth's atmosphere. The scattering appears to be happening from molecules that are far above in ...
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FWHM increase with energy (gamma spectra)

Below I have two plots from a gamma spectrum which I've been analyzing. The first plot is between a low energy range, the second between a significantly higher energy range. It is clear that the FWHMs ...
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Sound range and depth it travells whe it hits sound

I know most people hear from 20hz to 20000hz and about the absorption spectrum of water absorption spectrum of water link but how deep does sound travel when it hits the skin and which range of ...
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In what cases would using a non-resonant spectroscopy be preferable to using the resonant type?

Here it is mentioned that non-resonant Raman spectroscopy is desirable for avoiding fluorescence and for studying water due to water's low polarizability. How is non-resonant Raman desirable in the ...
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Dispersion in ultrafast lasers

In mode-locked Ti:sapphire lasers, positive dispersion is caused mainly by the crystal. A prism pair placed in the laser resonator can compensate for some of the dispersion by introducing negative ...
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Gamma spectroscopy - Fitted Singlet

I'm using some gamma acquisition and analysis software. When I ask the software to do some sort of Nuclide Identification, almost every single peak in the generated output is marked with "F". ...
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How do space probes identify molecules?

How does a space probe identify molecules without actually obtaining the molecules? The common identification techniques I can think of are spectroscopy and magnetic resonance, but for both of them, ...
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determination of electron dispersion curves

I am somewhat new to quantum physics and I am studying electron dispersion band structures of SiC like the one here I want to know what spectroscopic techniques/methods or if they are spectroscopic ...
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Is it possible to do IR spectrometry with emitter and photoresistor on the same side?

When doing spectrophotometry, there is generally a light source that emits the light that then passes trough whatever you want to measure, and then on the other side, a photoresistor that can sense ...
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Why is absorption spectrum a line spectrum?

The minimum energy required to excite a hydrogen electron is 10.2 eV. When photons of energy spread over a continuous range of wavelengths fall on a sample of hydrogen, why are only those photons ...
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How does this type of pump-probe spectroscopy work?

In optical Kerr effect spectroscopy, a pump beam causes a temporary birefringence in a sample, while a probe beam measures the return of the sample to equilibrium. Here’s a schematic: The pump and ...
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What is the correct relationship between light intensity and wavelength?

So we looked at the emission line spectra of noble gases in the lab today (hydrogen, neon, helium). And I noticed that the brightest spectral line in the helium spectrum is the yellow one and the ...
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Uncertainty in the average of a series of photon counting measurements

I'm a bit stuck on a problem relating to statistics in photon counting. I'm measuring a spectra with a spectrometer and can set a measurement time and number of times to repeat the measurement in ...
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FWHM of different spectra and separation in fine structure

I'm doing some research on spectroscopy and there are some phenomena I can't explain (only a second year physics student). I took some spectra of neon in the 659.89529 nm and then of hydrogen at ...
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Diffusion of magnetization (NMR)

In the context of MRI I'm trying to understand the mechanisms of magnetization diffusion. Consider a sample that is magnetized by an external magnetic field. We have displacement of magnetic moment ...
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How to measure thickness of an ultra-thin metal layer?

I have a sample of a metal (aluminum/oxide) layer with a gradual thickness ranging from monolayer to 100nm. This layer is deposited on a transparent substrate, like glass. How can I measure this ...
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What does it mean to “bin” in a spectroscopy context

In the following online article http://www.star.le.ac.uk/~sav2/stats/a.html I see the word "bin" used, in relation to x-ray spectroscopy, both as a verb and as a noun (people both "bin" things and ...
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How to measure the spectra of the stars

I recently made a mini spectrometer using a CD. I have used that to measure the spectrum of the Sun, moon and various artificial light sources. My question is how can I use it or modify it to measure ...
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Modelling populations of GE isotopes

I asked a question similar to this here: What combination of stable GE isotopes make up the germanium in a Ge(Li) spectrometer And got some very good answers. This question is instead based on the ...
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What combination of stable GE isotopes make up the germanium in a Ge(Li) spectrometer

I work with a Ge(Li) gamma spectrometer. I'm trying to work out the different populations of stable Germanium isotopes in it. I'm trying to model the unrealistic scenario where none of these isotopes ...
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define narrow band and broadband in Infrared light source

I have an infrared transmitter where the specification sheet says Broadband Emission from 400 to 2200 nm Does this mean it will transmit all mixed wavelength of infrared light between 400 to ...
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I don't understand the spectrum of elements e.g. hydrogen spectrum [closed]

Quote from my textbook The hydrogen spectrum has spectral lines which correspond to transitions of the electron between energy levels. This statement implies that hydrogen has multiple electron ...
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Distribution law in Spectroscopy

In NMR, when we study about the transition of nuclei, we use Boltzmann's law for the calculation of population and polarization. Similarly, when we study electronic,IR spectra, we again use ...
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mutual exclusive principle in raman and ir spectroscopy

Why the mutual exclusive principle is valid for centro symmetric molecules in raman and ir spectroscopy? What does it really mean?
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Gamma spectroscopy - Do annihilation photons produce a backscatter peak?

Below is a diagram of part of a structure which I find in a gamma spectrum taken from a hall in which a neutron source is undergoing spallation. The structure which I'm interested in can be seen ...
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Coincidence summing in gamma spectrum

Question on coincidence summing here. I've been reading about the coincidence summing effect when a radionuclide has two energy levels that decay to another state in rapid succession. There is also ...
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Zeeman effect number of lines split into?

The Zeeman effect comes in two times, normal and anomalous. I have some confusion over the number of levels each original level splits into. For the normal Zeeman effect we have: $$\Delta E=m_l ...
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Instrumental function vs. instrumental line profile?

I am reading into spectroscopy and the terms instrumental function and instrumental line profile come up regularly. I have reason to believe that they are not equivalent but cannot find any clear ...
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Activation energy of luminescence

Assuming that activation energy is constant for some range of temperature, it can be determined from the slope of the plot: $$\ln{I}=A-\frac {E_a}{k_bT}$$ where $I$ - intensity , $E_a$ - activation ...
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Using stellar spectroscopy to measure stellar parameters, why is it log g?

Stellar spectroscopy can in principle measure the stellar surface gravity, radii, effective temperature, and stellar rotation. Why is it that surface gravity g is ...
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How to get a better handle on Spectral Irradiance conversion?

I'm using a computer program to simulate a lightsource. I can feed my own spectral irradiance values into the program to simulate color rendering accuracy. The program takes values in electron volt ...
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Hydrogen Spectra using Hydrogen Gas Discharge Tube

I am doing an experiment for my lab work which include determination of value of Rydberg Constant using method of Interpolation. For this we first plot calibration curve for various wavalengths ...
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Spin Orbit (lS) interaction energy

Well, I am currently using a pretty old book by H.E White "Atomic Spectra", and he defined spin orbit interaction energy as the product of the resultant frequency and the projection of spin angular ...
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Temperature dependence of spectra

I have a question that is short and sweet: Are spectra (both fluorescence and absorbance) of any molecule dependent on temperature? In particular, is the spectral lineshape function of any molecule ...
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UV absorption decrease with an increase in concentration

I am working on a project measuring the absorbance of a solution which contains surfactant and hard brine. The solution has a constant concentration of surfactant and varying concentration of hard ...
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Gamma Spectroscopy - Why no Intensity level for Neutron Capture?

I'm undertaking a bit of work looking at a Background Gamma Spectrum. On the spectrum, I have a clear, tall line at 834 KeV. I have a PDF file of a table of Gamma Spectra (ordered in energy) from ...
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How to begin using SDSS data?

SDSS has gone through so many updates, it's difficult to find out how to access the data today in 2015. How can I use SQL and Python to access SDSS data, e.g. the photometry and spectra of quasars, ...
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Help reading power spectrum graphs?

How would I go about figuring out how long a source was measured when given a graph of the power spectrum? From notes I'm following, they just state the total observation time as being roughly ...
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Detecting molecules in space?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2012/02/24/nasa-detects-solid-buckyballs-in-space/ I refer to the above article, which mentions that buckyballs "far smaller than the width of a hair" were ...
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Converting spectra to rgb colour

I am having trouble obtaining RGB colour values from the spectra of an object. I have the specific flux $F_\nu$ as a function of $\nu$ for each pixel of the image I'd like to make, but am unsure of ...
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What causes this IR emission in UV 365nm LED?

I've just got access to spectrometer and measuring spectrum of everything. But when I took a look at 365nm UV led from chinese UV flashlight I got something really strange - it had some IR at exactly ...
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Can near-infrared spectroscopy distinguish between various metals?

Can near-infrared spectroscopy be used to distinguish metals from another? If not, why not?
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How is this possible that photons are absorbed?

From the lessons on QM, I got impression that there are some discrete orbitals that emit light when electron drops from one to another. Specific molecules emit light in very narrow bands, therefore. ...
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How was hydrogen gas (H) obtained by spectroscopists? Why is there more H than H2 in space?

Introductory quantum mechanics lessons talk about emission and absorption spectra for the hydrogen gas, and then give you an explanation as if this gas were pure $H$ atoms, and not the $H_2$ molecule ...
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Difference between Rayleigh scattering and fluorescence spectroscopy [closed]

How can we differentiate Rayleigh scattering from fluorescence spectrum?
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Is the Energy of an absorbed photon exactly the energy of the band gap?

I was wondering, if the Energy of a Photon which is absorbed by an Electron, hast to be exactly the Energy of the bound gap. So if i have two energy levels in an atom $E_2$ and $E_1$, does my ...
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Estimation of source irradiance given the spectral sensitivity of the instrument and spectrum of the source

I am trying to measure the irradiance of a UV source, but the available instrument has a different sensitivity. Suppose the black line corresponds to the spectral sensitivity of the instrument ...