Vibrational Spectrocopy of Hydrous Components

George R. Rossman
Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
 California Institute of Technolgy, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA


Water molecules, hydroxide ions and fluid inclusions are important components of many natural systems and are also prominent in a variety of synthetic minerals and related technological materials. Water and hydrogen ions can be both a major comonent required by the mineral's stoichiometry and an accidental trace compenent. The trace hydrous species can have a disproportionately important role in the physical, chemical, rheological, and optical properties of the material. This chapter reviews the current status of the study of these components in nominally anhydrous minerals.

Reviews of Mineralogy 18, 193-206