Micro-Raman Spectroscopy In The Undergraduate Research Laboratory
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Am. J. Phys.
FILMS; Education, Scientific Disciplines; Physics, Multidisciplinary
Modern materials science requires processing and characterization techniques for microscopic structures. Molecular probes such as Raman spectroscopy are some of the most viable tools, particularly if they are supplemented by imaging to obtain spatially resolved compositional information of inhomogeneous or low volume samples. In order to introduce these techniques and materials science experiments into the advanced undergraduate laboratory, we have constructed an inexpensive micro-Raman attachment, which consists of an off-the-shelf microscope and the coupling optics to an existing Raman spectrometer. The modification of the microscope, the optical coupling, and a low cost viewing system for positioning the laser excitation on the sample are described in detail. The students study molecular spectra of new materials such as diamond films, Fullerenes, and biological compounds with spatial resolution of several microns.
American Journal of Physics
"Micro-Raman Spectroscopy In The Undergraduate Research Laboratory" (1995). Faculty Bibliography 1990s. 1230.