Optical Mineralogy And Its Uses

  • Swapna Mukherjee


Optical mineralogy is the study of minerals by measuring their optical properties. Most commonly, rock and mineral samples are prepared as thin sections or grain mounts for study in the laboratory with a petrographic microscope. Optical mineralogy is used to identify the mineralogical composition of geological materials in order to help reveal their origin and evolution. Some of the properties and techniques used include: refractive index, birefringence, Michel-Lévy colour chart, pleochroism, extinction angle, conoscopic interference pattern and Becke line test—to be covered in this chapter


Optic Axis Uniaxial Crystal Interference Colour Vibration Direction Extinction Angle 
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Further Reading

  1. Blackburn WH, Dennen WH (1994) Principles of Mineralogy, 2nd edn. William C, Brown, Dubuque, IAGoogle Scholar
  2. Bloss, F.D. An Introduction to the Methods of Optical Crystallography. Holt, RinehartGoogle Scholar
  3. and Winston, New York. 1961. Deer, W.A., R.A. Howie and J. Zussman. Rock Forming Minerals. 5 vols. John WileyGoogle Scholar
  4. and Sons, New York. 1962. Kerr, P.F. Optical Mineralogy, 4th ed. McGraw Hill, New York. 1977. Klein, C. and C.S. Hurlbut, Jr. Manual of Mineralogy, 21st ed. John Wiley and Sons, New York. 1993.Google Scholar
  5. Nesse WD (1991) Introduction to Optical Mineralogy, 2nd edn. Oxford University Press, New YorkGoogle Scholar
  6. Perkins, D. Mineralogy, 2nd ed. Prentice Hall of India. 2002.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Swapna Mukherjee
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  1. 1.Geological Survey of IndiaKolkataIndia

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