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Principles and Applications of Polarization-Division Interferometry

ISBN: 978-0-471-97420-8
214 pages
January 1998
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Principles and Applications of Polarization-Division Interferometry Prasad L. Polavarapu Department of Chemistry, Vanderbilt University, USA Polarization-division interferometers have greatly increased the applications of infrared spectroscopy in recent years. This first dedicated book on the topic includes a chapter on the principles of polarization-division interferometric spectrometry followed by four chapters highlighting the range of applications of this important technique. Applications as diverse as the verification of the Big Bang theory and material characterization are discussed by leading researchers in their respective fields, so the book as a whole serves as a state of the art reference on the subject. The editor, Professor Prasad Polavarapu, has carried out important research in this area including the development of a Martin-Puplett interferometer. He has gathered together an international group of contributors of world-wide renown.
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Table of Contents

The Principles of Polarization-Division Interferometric Spectrometry (D. Martin).

Far-Infrared Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS) Measures the Big Bang (J. Mather).

Far-Infrared Interferometry by Using Synchrotron Radiation (T. Nanba & M. Ikezawa).

Far-Infrared Double Polarization Modulation Spectroscopy and Its Application to Reflection-Absorption Spectroscopy (L. Coleman).

Polarization-Division Interferometry in the Mid- and Far-Infrared Regions (P. Polavarapu).

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Author Information

Professor Polavarapu is professor of Chemistry at Vanderbilt University. His research interests include the instrumentation, for, and theory and applications of, vibrational spectroscopy, with an emphasis on optical activity in vibrational transitions. He has published about 120 articles on these topics in leading journals. Professor Polavarapu obtained his PhD from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Following post-doctoral research work at the University of Toledo and Syracuse University, he joined Vanderbilt University in 1980.
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