Rayleigh Scattering and Raman Effect, Theory

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Rayleigh and Raman scattering are elastic and inelastic forms of light scattering, usually by molecules. From a common ground in electrodynamic theory, the mechanisms are explained and shown to provide the basis for using Raman effect measurements as a spectroscopic tool.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780128032244
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2016


  • Anti-Stokes shift
  • Depolarization ratio
  • Light scattering
  • Molecular vibrations
  • Polarizability
  • Raman effect
  • Rayleigh scattering
  • Selection rules
  • Stokes shift
  • Vibrational modes

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