This server provides information about mineralogy and is primarily dedicated to providing information about color in minerals and access to data on Mineral Absorption Spectra in the visible and infrared regions of the spectrum and Raman spectra of minerals. Most data on the server were obtained in the Caltech mineral spectroscopy labs. Other types of spectroscopic data on minerals are also available.
Visible, near-infrared and infrared absorption spectra are available for a number of minerals. Examples include common rock-forming minerals, gem minerals, and other minerals of particular interest.
Spectroscopic Data Mineral Spectroscopy References Causes of Color in Minerals Representative Data from our lab
This is the ever growing list of the minerals available on this server. Available are single crystal optical spectra, some IR spectra, and links to other data sites with reflectance data, emission specra,Mössbauer spectra, and luminescence data. Under the single crystal transmission data link, data are available both as images of the spectra and as ASCII text with X,Y format following two header lines, plus many references to the spectra of minerals..
This is a list of references to papers on mineral optical spectroscopy. It is an updated version of the list of references which appeared in Chapter 7, Optical Spectroscopy in Reviews in Mineralogy volume 18 published by the Mineralogical Society of America . Citations are available sorted both by mineral name and by first authors of papers.
Be sure to see the sections illustrating and explaining the origin of color in minerals. You can learn about metal ions in crystals, intervalence charge transfer, and radiation-induced colors. Many examples are shown and explained.
Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
page last upgraded: 17-Jul-2022
George R. Rossman grr @ gps.caltech.edu Mineralogy at Caltech
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This material is based upon work supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation under Grants No. 1322082, 0947956, 0550216, 0337816, 0125767, 9804871, 9405438, 9725897, 9218980, 9104059, 8916064, 8915909, 8816006, 8618200, 8313098, 8212549, 7923606, 7904801, 7919987, 7723147, and 7602014.
Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).