A new magneto-optical effect in Raman spectroscopy

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It is well known that the application of a static magnetic field can result in a change in both Raman spectral intensities and line positions. this effect is generally associated with a removal of spin degeneracy, and leads to a manifestation of chiral discrimination in both optically active and inactive samples. However, other magnetic field effects can be conferred upon the Raman process by virtue of direct magneto-optical interactions. It is here shown that for molecules belonging to one of the cubic or icosahedral point groups, any polarised Raman transition associated with a totally symmetric vibration becomes depolarised on application of a magnetic field directed along the usual right-angled direction of observation. Hence with a suitable polarisation filter, the corresponding Raman line can be “switched” into the spectrum by application of the field.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-65
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 1987

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