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

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What happens to light at sharp points? [closed]

At the tip of the sharp point shown, what will happen to light incident on it. This curiosity was invoked by a friend and also my childhood of watching shiny pointed swords in cartoons. Original ...
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Spectral series' formula of a given atom (other than hydrogen-like)?

The hydrogen spectral series is given by the Rydberg formula: The energy differences between levels in the Bohr model, and hence the wavelengths of emitted/absorbed photons, is given by the ...
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Where to find detailed measured emission spectra of all chemical elements?

I'd like to have something like this, but for single atoms and with more extended range of wavelengths. All I could find e.g. for hydrogen was lots of talks about Rydberg formula etc. and plots of ...
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Full Width Half Maximum (FWHM) of a transmission spectrum

I have a transmission spectrum of a material which has been fit to a Lorentzian. According to Wikipedia here and here, FWHM is the spectral width which is wavelength interval over which the ...
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How would you explain spectrum and spectral analysis to grandma?

E.g. what the light or sound spectrum is, what it's useful for - in very simple terms that a grandmother or a child would understand.
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How much can a laser's position be fine-tuned?

Suppose you wanted to do a time-resolved experiment with a molecular beam traveling at, say, 300 m/s involving a mobile excitation (pump) laser that scans across the length of the molecular beam and a ...
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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 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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On energy levels and emission of photons

This is a very basic question but I cannot seem to find the answer anywhere. Say we have an atom in ground state. Its first energy level is 2 eV. An incoming photon of energy 2.5 eV hits an electron ...
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Continuous spectra of photons

I guess this is a basic quantum mechanics problem, but I'm not entirely sure of my answer. Suppose we have an electron in a hydrogen atom having the state \begin{equation} ...
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Why is solar eclipse so important for sunlight spectrum analysis?

People wait for decades to catch the chance of a solar eclipse to observe the sun. Why cannot they do it every noon?
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Doppler spectroscopy to verify Earth's speed around the sun

I'm looking for data points to check changes in $z$ as the Earth moves towards and away from a star. I'm finding lots of data for various objects [1] but lots of variation too (for eg, the results for ...
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Can scientists tell the energy levels of the atom?

In the hydrogen spectral series how did the scientists know the number of the energy level which the electron is moving from or to?
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Ba K Lines in a Cs-137 gamma ray spectrum

I'm looking at a spectrum for the gamma ray spectrum of a 137-Cs source and I'm not sure where the peak in the lower energies of ~32keV comes from. I understand that it's to do with some sort of ...
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How to calculate the total angular momentum (J) values

How can I calculate the values of $J$ (total angular momentum) for a particular term, for instance, ${}^3P$?
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Can I prove boundedness of an operator without checking it for its whole domain?

(I don't have a direct reference so this is a little fishy and I'll delete it if nobody recognises what I'm talking about, but I though for starters I'll ask anyway) I've heard at university that if ...
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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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Photometric surveys vs. Spectroscopic surveys

I consistently read about certain astronomical surveys which are either described as "photometric surveys" or "redshift surveys". I'm still unclear as to how these two methods differ. Photometry ...
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Why is there no fluorescence background in CARS?

In CARS (coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering), the detected signal is blue-shifted with respect to the excitation - how does this mean that there is no fluorescence or that the fluorescence can be ...
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Resonant vs. Non-resonant Raman

What does it mean to say that the conventional Raman effect is non-resonant? And, how/why does resonant Raman give a stronger signal than the non-resonant type?
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What's the difference between microscopy and spectroscopy?

Both methods collect particles or electromagnetic waves, and in both methods it's possible to reconstruct a 2D image, which may represent morphology (AFM, LEED for example), electronic structure (STM, ...
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Where can I find spectral data for materials?

The chemical library of ChemSpider has a dedicated section for spectra, but I haven't found any materials that have such data. Is there a (public) database of spectral data?
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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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Can stimulated emitted photons be absorbed?

Typically a stimulated photon will be one of a pair with its stimulating photon. If the leading photon is absorbed by a particle in the ground state, will it then be re-emited by the stimulated ...
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Resonance Raman spectroscopy vs fluorescence

In Resonance Raman Spectroscopy we often want to avoid the fluorescence. But what is the problem with fluorescence . What we want is a shift between exciting line and emitted radiation and both can ...
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Intereference rings by light transmission?

Recently I recorded UV-Vis spectra of liquids with a two-beam spectrometer (Perkin Elmer 900). Lack of proper racks for cells of 0.5 cm optical path length let me use a stack consisting of a 0.2 cm ...
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Limits of laser spectroscopy for determining size of a molecule or particle

Say you have a number of particles respectively molecules suspended in air. The diameter of the particles $d_{particle}$ are of the order 1 to 100nm. Can you actually, i.e. in practice, measure the ...
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Mysterious spectra?

In my blog post Why riemannium? , I introduced the following idea. The infinite potential well in quantum mechanics, the harmonic oscillator and the Kepler (hygrogen-like) problem have energy spectra, ...
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Franck Condon Principle and Born Oppenheimer approximation

My question here is purely fundamental. I am confused with the concept in Franck Condon (FC) principle and Born Oppenheimer (BO) approximation. The FC principle is in accordance with the BO ...
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Calculating Kramers-Kronig using Mathematica [closed]

First of all, I know there is a Mathematica group in beta, but I don't think the problem of the following is directly a Mathematica issue. I am trying to calculate the change of the refractive index ...
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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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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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photon absorption by atoms causes heat?

I have came up with a weird doubt: photon absorption by atoms causes heat? I mean, I was always told that if the photon's frequency is the magic one, the atoms absorbs the photon and goes to an ...
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Switching a PMT from PC-mode to DC-mode: What happens?

I was wondering a bit how it is possible to switch a photo multiplier tube from the photon counting mode to the DC (I assume direct current)-mode. If I simply add a high voltage (as usual), I get the ...
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What is the 'triangle selection rule' in spectroscopy?

This paper states that However, the multiphonon relaxation bridging the $^5\!D_1$ and $^5\!D_0$ levels is a well-known exception because it is formally forbidden by the triangle rule and occurs ...
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Autocorrelation function for deterministic nonlinear dynamical systems

I am quite puzzled with the problem that spectral analysis has been either applied to noisy dynamical systems or to chaotic ones. I was wondering why nobody makes analysis of non-linear dynamical ...
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Why infrared absorption is a nonlinear technique?

I am looking for a good explanation and/or reference quotation explaining why infrared absorption technique is essentially nonlinear (eg. for carbon monoxide quantification). When using ...
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What causes the triplet state in Helium?

I am not familiar with the notation used on wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triplet_state). Is there a more physcial way to explain the cause of the triplet state (maybe without referencing ...
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Resolution in a Fourier transform spectroscopy setup

I am a bachelor physics student and as an assignment we had to perform measurements on an FT spectroscopy setup. Context. Our setup consisted of a Michelson interferometer through which the light ...
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Why some electrons in ESR aligned their spin towards external magnetic and some against

Why some electrons in ESR aligned their spin towards magnetic field and some against?
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Spectroscopy and the current state of our ability to determine the composition of extra-solar planets

I was interested in learning more about the status of our scientific understanding and technological instruments regarding extra solar spectroscopy. I am motivated by this almost 3 year old ...
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Blackbody radiation and Spectral Lines [duplicate]

Blackbody radiation is thermal radiation from a hot object emitted over a continuous range of wavelengths. But why are spectral lines, lines (i.e., you only get certain wavelengths when an element is ...
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How organic impurities in the air affects laser?

We have a Nd YAG laser pumped Optical Parameter Oscillator in our lab. A technician came to our lab (my professor called him for its maintenance) and while he was working on it, he told me that ...
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Difference between photo electron spectrum and photoelectron angular distribution

I am trying to learn the Photoelectron velocity map imaging. While I was going through the article "Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009,38,2169-2177", it is said that the "photoelectron spectrum reflects the energy ...
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Molecular spectroscopy for atomic spectroscopers

My experience is with atomic spectroscopy of alkali atoms, I've recently been asked by a friend to help with some advice on analyzing molecular spectrophotometry data in the context of molecular ...
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Rutherford Scattering Spectra

I am using SimNRA to simulate the classical Rutherford Scattering. Playing around with it, I came across some spectra that I cannot explain... First of all, if someone plots the spectrum of ...
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Dividing two star spectra

I am doing some work that involves dividing two stellar spectra from the same star. Those stellar spectra are constructed by summing random samples of multiple spectra from the same star to improve ...
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How the spectrum of the hydrogen atom is checked/detected experimentally?

When solving the hydrogen atom, as a 2 body problem, we have the motion of the center of mass and the motion relative to the center of mass. The well known energy spectrum, $E_n$, that goes like ...
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How to calculate the magnetic field due to orbital angular momentum in the fine structure

How to calculate effective magnetic field due to the angular momentum L in an atom like Na(23)? I found an answer that we could imagine the case that the atom was orbiting the electron now and ...
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Variable speed of light impact on spectral absorption lines in distance luminous objects?

There are many other arguments as to the constancy of the speed of light (or more precisely, c). One thing I have been curious is what would the impact be on spectral measurements from distant ...