Laser Raman Spectroscopy

  • Wolfgang Demtröder
Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)


For many years Raman spectroscopy has been a powerful tool for the investigation of molecular vibrations and rotations. In the pre-laser era, however, its main drawback was a lack of sufficiently intense radiation sources. The introduction of lasers, therefore, has indeed revolutionized this classical field of spectroscopy. Lasers have not only greatly enhanced the sensitivity of spontaneous Raman spectroscopy but they have furthermore initiated new spectroscopic techniques, based on the stimulated Raman effect, such as coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) or hyper-Raman spectroscopy. The research activities in laser Raman spectroscopy have recently shown an impressive expansion and a vast literature on this field is available. In this chapter we summarize only briefly the basic background of the Raman effect and present some experimental techniques that have been developed for Raman spectroscopy of gaseous media. For more thorough studies of this interesting field the textbooks and reviews given in [8.1–8.12] and the conference proceedings [8.13, 8.14] are recommended. More information on Raman spectroscopy of liquids and solids can be found in [8.11, 8.15–8.18].


Raman Spectroscopy Stimulate Raman Scattering Pump Wave Raman Line Stokes Wave 
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  • Wolfgang Demtröder
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  1. 1.Fachbereich PhysikUniversität KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany

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