Symmetry in Spectroscopy, Effects of

S. F.A. Kettle

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Atomic and molecular symmetry underpins all spectroscopies, its influence governing which spectral transitions, absorptions, emissions and features are "allowed" or "forbidden" and thence potentially observable. As a consequence, symmetry plays a fundamental role both in the theoretical background to spectroscopy and in the description and interpretation of spectra of all kinds. A brief overview of aspects of symmetry is given in a spectroscopic context.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780128032244
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2016


  • Character
  • Group
  • Operators
  • Point group
  • Selection rules
  • Symmetry
  • Symmetry element

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