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Raman-spectroscopy short-course

The Centre for Geobiology will organize a Raman-spectroscopy short-course June 2010.

This course will cover the theoretical background of this technique and will discuss a variety of example applications. Furthermore, practical exercises will be carried out on our Raman spectrometer.

This course will be of interest for geologists and biologists, although particular attention will be given to geological applications. The focus is to educate potential users in obtaining and interpreting optimal artifact-free high-quality spectral data. We are still planning the details of the course, so any suggestions for a specific application are welcome, and will be incorporated into the program. Visit the Raman lab website.

Professor Lutz Nasdala of the University of Vienna will visit us to give this course. He is an expert in mineralogy and spectroscopic techniques. Currently we have a plan for a 2-3 day course in the first week of June 2010.

If you're interested in this course, could you please reply to Mark.Zuilen@geo.uib.no with the following information

1)    Can you attend the course on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of June?
2)    Is there a specific application you are interested in?

Some examples of potential applications that can be covered are:

- Photoluminescence, theory and applications.
- Raman mapping, and the construction of hyperspectral datasets.
- High-confocality measurements, e.g. for fluid inclusions.

 

Picture info:

The small picture above is a Raman map of an agate sample from Saxony, Germany, showing the rhythmic change of the moganite content.
It is modified after Nasdala, L., Smith, D.C., Kaindl, R. & Ziemann, M. (2004): Raman spectroscopy: Analytical perspectives in mineralogical research. In: Spectroscopic methods in mineralogy (Beran, A. & Libowitzky, E., eds.), EMU Notes in Mineralogy, 6, European Mineralogical Union, pp. 281-343.

The picture below is a Raman map of a diamond from Kankan, Guinea, visualizing the halo of compressive strain around a larnite inclusion.
It is modified after Nasdala, L., Smith, D.C., Kaindl, R. & Ziemann, M. (2004): Raman spectroscopy: Analytical perspectives in mineralogical research. In: Spectroscopic methods in mineralogy (Beran, A. & Libowitzky, E., eds.), EMU Notes in Mineralogy, 6, European Mineralogical Union, pp. 281-343.