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Raman spectroscopy explained

Welcome to the exciting world of Raman spectroscopy: one of science's easiest to use, most powerful, and most versatile analytical techniques.

Raman spectroscopy is used to understand more about the make-up of materials. A sample is illuminated using a single colour of light and the way the light interacts with the sample tells us information about it.

The Raman effect

Professor C.V. Raman discovered the Raman effect in 1928. However, it took many years before technological advances enabled the development of efficient Raman systems. This is one reason why Raman spectroscopy is relatively unknown, when compared with established techniques such as infrared absorption, UV-Vis, or mass spectroscopy.

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