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Discrimination Among Carbonate Minerals by Raman Spectroscopy Using the Laser Microprobe

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Raman spectroscopy has been used to distinguish the individual carbonate minerals belonging to the calcite, dolomite, and aragonite structural groups. With the use of the in situ laser microprobe technique, it is demonstrated that particle-size effects do not hinder the mineral identification and that high precision in line position is achieved. Spectra can be obtained from samples in any form and provide rapid, nondestructive analyses on a microscopic scale of the hard-to-discriminate carbonate minerals.

Keywords: Carbonate minerals; Laser microprobe; Raman spectroscopy

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Center for Surface and Coatings Research, Sinclair Laboratory, #7, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015 2: Department of Geological Sciences, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015

Publication date: March 1, 1987

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