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Magnetic Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy

ISBN: 978-0-470-13922-6
322 pages
July 2007
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The book is a technical guide for chemists and spectroscopists, and presents a concise description of magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectroscopy and how it has advanced the interpretation of molecular electronic spectra.
  • Provides a practical guide to utilizing MCD spectroscopy for chemists starting in the field
  • Written by an expert with over twenty years of experience in the field
  • Helps the reader to visualize the optical spectroscopic effects presented by MCD measurements
  • Includes practical considerations for experimental MCD measurements based on the author's experience
  • Written as a general discussion of the subject matter, with illustrative examples provided and discussed in the case studies to show the breadth of application of MCD measurements.
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Table of Contents


1. Introduction.

2. Polarized Light.

3. Theoretical Framework: Definition of MCD Terms.

4. Measurement of MCD Spectra.

5. The Interpretation of MCD Spectra.

6. Case Studies I. Diamagnetic Systems: A and B terms.

7. Case Studies II. Paramagnetic Systems: C Terms.

8. Magnetic Vibrational Circular Dichroism (MVCD) and X-Ray magnetic Circular Dichroism (XMCD).

9. Magnetic Linear Dichroism Spectroscopy.

Appendix A. tables for the Symmetry Group O and Td.

Appendix B. Tables for the Fourfold Symmetry Group D4.

Appendix C. Tables for the Threefold Symmetry Group D3.

Appendix D. 3jm Factors for Single-Valued Irreps of the SO3O and OD4 Chains.

Reviews and References.


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Author Information

W. Roy Mason is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry in the Michael Faraday Laboratories of Northern Illinois University. His research focuses on electronic structure and spectra of heavy metal complexes; electronic and magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy; and symmetry and MO theory. Dr. Mason's original research findings have been published in such peer-reviewed journals as Inorganic Chemistry, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and the Journal of Physical Chemistry.
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"This book provides an excellent practical guide for using MCD spectroscopy. The author successfully highlights the important features of chiroptical properties that are associated with the presence of a strong magnetic field … This book is highly recommended not only for those scientists who plan to actively study MCD spectroscopy in the near future, but also for scientists who wish to develop a deeper and more complete understanding of the field of optical spectroscopy." (Chirality, June 2008)
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