Spectral Analysis of Light

  • Hans Kuzmany


Information from a light beam after its interaction with a solid is obtained from an analysis of the change in its intensity spectrum. Usually monochromators or interferometers are applied to perform this analysis. These instruments will be discussed in the current chapter. It is often useful to “preprocess” the light on its way from the light source to the analyzer or from the analyzer to the detector. Optical elements like reflectors, lenses, filters, polarizers, etc., are appropriate for this process. Light pipes or fiber optics are convenient means to guide the light. Thus, before discussing in detail spectrometers and interferometers we will review some useful optical elements.


Optical Element Interference Fringe Stray Light Free Spectral Range Exit Slit 
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Chapter 4

  1. 4.1.
    M.V. Klein and T.E. Furtak: Optics (John Wiley & Sons, New York 1986)Google Scholar
  2. 4.2.
    D.A. Long: Raman Spectroscopy (McGraw-Hill, New York 1977)Google Scholar
  3. 4.3.
    J. Sandercock: in Light Scattering in Solids, p.9, M. Balkanski (ed.) (Flammarion, Paris 1971)Google Scholar

Additional Reading

  1. Demtröder W.: Grundlagen und Techniken der Laserspektroskopie 2nd edn. (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 1990)Google Scholar
  2. Demtröder W.: Laser Spectroscopy. Basic Concepts and Instrumentation, 2nd edn., Springer Series in Chem. Phys., Vol.5 (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 1988)Google Scholar
  3. Klein M.V., Furtak T.E.: Optics (John Wiley & Sons, New York 1986)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Kuzmany
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  1. 1.Institut für FestkörperphysikUniversität WienWienAustria
  2. 2.Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institut für FestkörperphysikWienAustria

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