Spectroscopic Methods of Analysis

  • C. Heald
  • A. C. K. Smith
Part of the A Macmillan Chemistry Text book series (MCT)


Under appropriate conditions, matter can absorb or emit radiations of widely differing frequencies, ranging from radio waves on the one hand to X-rays on the other. A spectrum is essentially a plot of the intensity of radiation absorbed or emitted against some property such as frequency that characterises the radiation. A typical spectrum consists of a series of peaks (often referred to as bands or lines) representing intense absorption or emission, separated by troughs where intensity is slight. Spectroscopy is the study of the relationship that exists between the appearance of a spectrum and the structure, concentration and environment of the sample.


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Further reading

  1. D. N. Kendall. Applied Infrared Spectroscopy, Reinhold, New York (1966).Google Scholar
  2. R. P. Bauman. Absorption Spectroscopy, Wiley, New York (1967).Google Scholar
  3. E. L. Grove. Analytical Emission Spectroscopy, Dekker, New York (1972).Google Scholar
  4. T. R. Gilson and P. J. Hendra. Laser Raman Spectroscopy, Wiley, London (1970).Google Scholar
  5. G. Herzberg. Molecular Spectra and Molecular Structure, II, Infrared and Raman Spectra of Polyatomic Molecules, Van Nostrand, New York (1945).Google Scholar
  6. L. J. Bellamy. The Infrared Spectra of Complex Molecules, Methuen, London (1958).Google Scholar
  7. C. N. R. Rao. Ultraviolet and Visible Spectroscopy, Butterworths, London (1967).Google Scholar

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© C. Heald and A. C. K. Smith 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Heald
    • 1
  • A. C. K. Smith
    • 2
  1. 1.Teesside PolytechnicUK
  2. 2.Falkirk Technical CollegeUK

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