Raman Spectroscopy and Diamond
Anvil Cell Laboratory
Raman spectroscopy, a vibrational probe, gives us the capability of exploring
the structure and dynamics of earth materials at the atomic level.
We have combined this technique with the diamond anvil cell, a transparent
pressure vessel that allows us to observe earth materials either visually
or by Raman in situ at high pressure and temperature. This combination
allows us to explore such processes as the hydrous melting of igneous rocks
and the interaction of silicates and volatiles at magma genetic conditions.
The image shows the laser beam (green 514.5 nm) as it travels from its
source through filtering, focusing and collimating optics to the sample
area, which lies at the focus of the flexible fiber optic light sources.
The back-scattered, frequency-shifted radiation is then sent to the spectrometer
(large rectangular box across top center) and the spectrum is gathered
at a liquid Nitrogen cooled CCD detector.