Optics


Introduction

Successfully applying spectroscopy to scientific problems requires a basic understanding of the components that are available to produce and control electromagnetic radiation. This outline leads to documents that discuss basic optics, light and excitation sources, wavelength separators, and light detectors. A separate document on optical materials gives practical guidelines for choosing optics for different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Basic Optics

mirrors
prisms
lenses
polarizers

Radiation sources for absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy

Blackbody
Discharge and arc lamps
Hollow-cathode lamp
Lasers

Wavelength separators

Filters
Monochromators
Interferometers

Radiation detectors

Overview and wavelength cross-reference
Photomultiplier tube
Semiconductors (photodiodes and photovoltaics)
Photodiode array
Charge-coupled detector array

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