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Optical Spectroscopy in Chemistry and Life Sciences: An Introduction

ISBN: 978-3-527-29911-9
384 pages
August 2005
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This book is a compact and simultaneously comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of optical spectroscopy. The author skillfully leads the reader from the basics to practical applications.

The main topics covered are:
- theory of optical spectroscopy
- components of spectrometers (light sources, filters, lenses and mirror chromators, detectors, cuvettes)
- evaluation of data and interpretation of spectra

Such important methods as absorption and luminescence spectroscopy, scattering and reflection spectroscopy, photoaccustic spectroscopy, spectroscopy of atoms, polarimetry and near infrared spectroscopy are covered in depth. A useful appendix with the addresses of pertinent equipment manufacturers rounds off the work.
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Table of Contents

Introduction into Optical Spectroscopy
Spectroscopical Optics
Absorption Spectroscopy
Luminescence Spectrophotometry
Photoacoustical Spectroscopy
Scattering, Refraction and Reflection
The Near Infrared
Spectroscopy with Polarized Light
Laser Spectroscopy
Spectral Fundamentals of Color Sciences
Optical Spectroscopy in Space Sciences
Appendix (including list of manufacturers, internet addresses etc.)
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Author Information

Werner Schmidt studied physics and biology at the universities of Berlin and Freiburg. After his PhD in biophysics he carried out his postdoc under Prof. W. L. Butler at UCSD, San Diego and Prof. K. Poff, at East Lansing, Michigan, USA. He gained his lecturing qualification in 1983 and became Professor of Biophysics at the University of Constance, Germany in 1996. Professor Schmidt is currently working on the sensory physiology of plants and microorganisms, particularly on responses to light and gravity and the corresponding primary molecular reactions. These investigations necessarily require the study of membrane properties and reactions, as well as the development of novel and highly sensitive opto procedures and apparatuses, activities which have resulted in patents and industrial cooperation.
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"...the book seems a useful introduction to the topic, particularly for life science students, since many of the examples are taken from biology. The book may also serve as a quick reference source for the more advanced student, with the additional advantages of a comprehensive subject index and the reading lists provided at the end of each chapter, which will enable the reader to delve deeper into a specific topic of interest." Angewandte Chemie I.E.

"... a good introduction... [that] is particularly suited to introducing spectroscopy to undergraduates or providing an overview to researchers engaged in biochemical or biological work." Applied Spectroscopy

"... this is a useful resource for the undergraduate."

"...I enjoyed reading the book and recommend it as a useful textbook for both students and lecturers in life science disciplines. The book may also serve as a helpful introduction for researchers moving into the field of classical optical spectroscopy because of its numerous practical advices." ChemPhysChem
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