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

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SHS Interferometer and diffraction limit

I'm currently researching Spatial Heterodyned Spectrometers (SHS) and I'm a bit at a loss understanding the influence of the diffraction limit. I'll be measuring a diffuse visible light source with ...
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What's the difference between frequency domain and time domain spectra?

If I have a mechanical oscillator and want to observe the dynamical behavior of the oscillator, is there any additional information to observe it in time domain and frequency domain? Normally, we ...
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Machine to identify substances

I was looking at Wikipedia's article on mass spectrometers, and realized that the method described was to heat a sample into its gas phase and separate the ions by mass using a large magnet. While I ...
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Why are overtones forbidden within the harmonic approximation?

In vibrational spectroscopy only transitions between neighboring vibrational states ($\Delta \nu = \pm 1$, $\nu$ being the vibrational quantum number) are allowed within the harmonic approximation. ...
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Raman vs. Brillouin Scattering

In my class notes, I have the two types of inelastic scattering described as follows. (Note that the "difference in energy" here is the difference between the incident frequency of the light and the ...
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How to smooth the spectrum of a light source?

Could somebody please tell me if there's a reasonably cheap substance or device can I use to smooth the spectrum of a light source? For example, if the spectrum has spikes as in the blue graph below, ...
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Is it possible to reconstruct the wavefunction of a molecule from a collection of spectra?

Spectra of a molecule can be calculated if the wavefunction is known. Is it possible to do the opposite?
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How do we demonstrate that all spectral colors exist in nature?

Spectral emission by elements occurs in discrete wavelengths. There are only about 118 elements. My question is whether there are pure colors either disfavored in nature or even disallowed? The sun ...
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Do cosmological and Doppler redshift produce different patterns?

For a given black body radiation curve, would the changes to the spectrum resulting from cosmological expansion and those from Doppler effects be distinguishable on the basis of the shapes of the ...
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How can only one valence electron in sodium cause doublet in spectrum?

The valence electron in sodium atom gets excited and moves to higher orbital say $3P$ and it then comes to the lower energy state $3S$ thus there should be only one line in spectrum (regarding this ...
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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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Is it possible to calculate the relative abundances of elements in the sun based on its line spectrum using a common lab spectroscope?

There are many problems that I feel would hinder the process: atmospheric noise, light pollution etc. Let's assume that I bypass these problems and get an accurate emission line spectrum on the ...
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Why is the planck function continuous and not discrete?

If we imagine a object made up of Hydrogen gas that is optically thick to all radiation, and is in thermal equilibrium, then, microscopically, photons will be emitted and absorbed as ...
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THT (Tetrahydrothiophene) absorption spectrum

I am looking for the absorption spectrum of THT. What is the best way to find these types of exotic material's spectral characteristics?
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Unstable energy levels

Well, reading about "Raman Effect" I saw that when the electron absorb some energy, with frequency $ \omega_{abs} $, that is different from $ \omega_{n} - \omega_{n-1} \neq \omega_{abs1} $, it go to ...
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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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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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Spectrometer vs. Spectrophotometer

I have been researching about the difference of a spectrometer and a spectrophotometer. They both sound the same. What is the difference?
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Gravitational Stark Effect

Could gravity induce line splittings in the optical spectrum of a molecule similar to the Stark or Zeeman Effects? Naively, a gravitational potential would be a simple addition to the Hamiltonian ...
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How can I subtract Spectra?

I am writing an application that should allow to view and manipulate spectra (Raman). I am only given one normal spectrum consisting of 1024 coordinate points. Plus I have a background spectrum that ...
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Photon absorption probability for a given molecule in gas phase

So I'm pretty sure I'm approaching this problem in the wrong way and I need some guidance (my first hint is that I think I'm thinking about a quantum mechanical problem too classically) Suppose there ...
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Can a multipass x-ray absorption cell be constructed?

I've been trying to understand the various concepts behind x-ray optics compared to standard visible/IR optics like mirrors and such. However, the x-ray mirrors I've been finding typically have ...
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Why Doppler shift is applicable to spectral lines alone?

In astronomical spectroscopy, Doppler shift is an important parameter. But why is it applicable to spectral lines alone, and not to the continuous spectrum in the background? Shouldn't the motion of ...
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pGRE question on natural line width

The lifetime for the $2p \rightarrow 1s$ transition in hydrogen is $1.6 \times 10^{-9}$ s. The natural line width for the radiation emitted during the transition is approximately... Their solution: ...
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Total magnetic moment in an atom

I have a doubt regarding the calculation of total angular momentum of electron in an atom. Which is the right way to do it? Method 1: Total magnetic moment $$ \begin{align} \vec{\mu_J} &= ...
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What does the $y$-axis represent in the atomic spectra and what is its significance?

The picture is an emission spectrum of Helium. The spectrum has sharp lines (peaks) at certain wave lengths characterizing it as helium. Agreed that it characterizes Helium as atomic spectral line ...
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Apparent color of flame as superposition of spectral lines?

In some cases one can identify a substance by the color emitted as it burns in a flame. A green flame might indicate the presence of copper. So here is the question. If we know wavelength and ...
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Why can I see the 5D0 to 7F3 transition in the trivalent Eu?

According to the selection rules of the intra-configurational f-f transitions, if the J of the initial or final state is zero, a transition with $\Delta J = 3$ is forbidden by electrical dipole, ...
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How do micro-channel plates detect neutral molecules?

Micro-channel plate (MCP) detectors are used to detect photons, electrons or charged particles. But how can MCPs be used to detect neutral particles? In ion traps, the neutral molecules (after being ...
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Electronic, vibrational and rotational autoionization

Can anyone please explain me the concept of electronic, vibrational and rotational autoionization. What I understood is, autoionization usually occurs when the ion core is rotationally or ...
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Absorption Spectral Broadening

I'm working on a research project involving absorption spectra of particulates in solution. I was curious if someone could clarify or direct me to a resource that explains broadening mechanisms ...
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How do electron configuration microstates map to term symbols?

I am trying to understand energy levels of electron configurations. I visited the NIST web site and discovered that the notation used here are called term symbols. After reading corresponding ...
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Antisymmetry requirement for the total wavefunction

My understanding is that if we are dealing with a system of two electrons, the total wavefunction needs to be antisymmetric only when the two electrons have same value of n and l ( i.e. they are ...
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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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Difference between Rayleigh scattering and fluorescence spectroscopy [closed]

How can we differentiate Rayleigh scattering from fluorescence spectrum?
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What's the difference between NMR and EPR?

Both NMR and EPR describe the response of magnetic spin to external field. When collecting data, how do you know you're looking at nucleus spin flip or electron spin flip? In other words, since every ...
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Which g factor in an EPR spectra is the right one?

I was reading this introduction to EPR and it seems to imply both that there is a unique g-factor of a given compound, but also that we can calculate multiple g-factors for a compound. For example, ...
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How is “Band Intensity” related to absorption coefficient

I am interested in the linear absorption of 762nm light near a transition of molecular oxygen. I need to find some experimental numbers that will tell us how far the 762nm light will propagate before ...
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Driving a solution of optical isomer molecules with the resonant frequency

What happens when we drive a solution of optical isomer molecules (enantiomers) with a microwave radiation in resonance with the tunneling frequency of the molecules (the frequency of the transition ...
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Confusion concerning the use of wavenumber in exercise about Fabry-Perot etalon

In the exercise we are given that the spectrum of a light source consists of two spectral lines, which both have wavelengths around $500 \text{ nm}$ and the separation between them - given in ...
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Why is intensity related to number of photons?

I have been reading up on Doppler broadening and have found a number of sources (for example here and here) which seem to be taking the number of photons in the range $[\nu,\nu+d\nu]$ to be the same ...
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Estimating temperature with Boltzmann relation with split emission lines

I'm trying to estimate the temperature of a plasma through the use of hydrogen lines, $H_{\alpha}$ and $H_{\beta}$ using the Boltzmann relation: $$ \frac{ n_{2} }{ n_{1} } = \frac{ g_{2} }{ g_{1} ...
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What is the origin of the naming convention for the various branches in vibration-rotational spectroscopy?

In vibration-rotational spectroscopy, the different spectral lines are grouped into branches for different changes in the total angular momentum, i.e. $$ \begin{array}{rrrrrr} & \mathrm{O} & ...
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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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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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Spectroscopy from a classical light wave or photon only?

In chemistry we mostly regard light/electromagnetic radiation as a beam of particles or photons. This is a very useful model to explain molecular excitations and ionisations from quantum interactions. ...
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Sonoluminescence spectrum

During cavitation created by sound in a liquid the collapse of the bubbles can lead to very high temperatures and pressures resulting in the emission of light - sonoluminescence. Can the spectrum of ...
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Spectroscopy Question

So if we were to view the visible spectrum of a white dwarf star. Would the planetary nebula essentially block what would be an absorption spectrum? If so, would we all just see emission lines. I'm ...
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Vibrational quantum notation

Reading articles on spectroscopy I often see this notation: 30001 <- 01101, 00011 <- 00001 in context of molecular ...
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What will be the effect of placing a light source very close to a photodiode?

What will be the effect of placing a photodiode really close to a laser source and what should be the appropriate distance between a light source and photodiode to get maximum output current?