Raman spectroscopy

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An analytical technique used to identify some materials. Raman spectroscopy was discovered in 1928 by an Indian physicist, Sir C.V. Raman, whose work in the field of light scattering earned him the 1930 Nobel Prize for Physics. It measures the shift in wavelength that occurs when a material scatters monochromatic light. Raman spectroscopy provides information of the internal vibrational motion of a molecule. In the cultural heritage area, Raman spectroscopy is used to study and characterise materials like: amber, dyes, glass, glazed ceramics, ivory, pigments, polymers...

Synonyms and Related Terms

spectroscopie Raman (Fr.); Ramanspektroskopie (Deut.)

Additional information

  • H.G.M. Edwards & J.M. Chalmers, Raman Spectroscopy in archaeology and art history, Springer (2006)
  • RAA 2013 - 5th International congress on the application of Raman spectroscop in Art & Archaeology - LJUBLJANA (2013) : http://raa13.zvkds.si