Optical Absorption Spectroscopy

Klaus Langer
Institute für Mineralogie und Kristallographie
Technische Universität Berlin

Alexiji N. Platonov
Institute of Geochemistry and Physics of Minerals
Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

George R. Rossman
Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
California Institute of Technology

Chapter 3.3

Optical absorption spectroscopy is an effective method to investigate the local atomic and electronic structure of minerals. Whereas diffraction methods average a volume of several thousands of Å3 in a mineral structure, optical spectroscopy may elucidate the structural and electronic properties of local polyhdedral centers and thus forms a valuable addition to the diffraction methods.

Advanced Mineralogy, volume 2 (A.S. Marfunin, ed.) p109-122.