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Abstract Volume 7 Issue 1 (2002) pp 15-18

An Inexpensive Laser Raman Spectrometer Based on CCD Detection

Benjamin A. DeGraff,* Mandy Hennip, Julie M. Jones, Carl Salter,* and Stephanie A. Schaertel*

Department of Chemistry, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807; Department of Chemistry, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401; Department of Chemistry, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Received September 3, 2001. Accepted November 16, 2001

Published online: 1 February 2002

Abstract. We describe an inexpensive modular Raman spectrometer system that can be assembled from commercial components for under $5000. Three typical applications are presented: a demonstration of a vibrational isotope effect, a Raman polarization experiment, and a resonance Raman experiment. This spectrometer system should make it easier to include the important topic of Raman spectroscopy in the undergraduate physical and analytical chemistry laboratory curricula.

Key Words:  Laboratories and Demonstrations; physical chemistry; laser spectroscopy; Raman spectroscopy; resonance Raman spectroscopy; CCD detectors

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Issue date: February 1, 2002

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