Optical Spectrometry

  • G. J. Lawson


Optical spectrometry, as has been indicated in Chapter 1, is concerned with the detection and measurement of radiant energy, particularly that associated with electromagnetic radiations lying in or near the visible portion of the spectrum, absorbed or emitted in the course of certain electronic transitions occurring in atoms or molecules. The term ‘optical’ is convenient but not strictly correct, since the wavelength range corresponding to the transitions of interest extends through the visible and into the ultra-violet region of the spectrum. Also ‘spectrophotometry’ is perhaps a more suitable term than ‘spectrometry’, since all modern instruments employ photoelectronic devices for measuring light intensities. The older name will be retained, however, for convenience and for continuity with older work.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. J. Lawson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Minerals EngineeringUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamEngland

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