Near infrared spectroscopy of natural alunites
Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR) has been used to analyse alunites of formula K(Al3+)6(SO4)4(OH)12. Whilst the spectra of the alunites show a common pattern differences in the spectra are observed which enable the minerals to be distinguished. These differences are attributed to subtle variations in alunite composition.
The NIR bands in the 6300 to 7000 cm-1 region are attributed to the first fundamental overtone of both the infrared and Raman hydroxyl stretching vibrations. A set of bands are observed in the 4700 to 5500 cm-1 region which are assigned to combination bands of the hydroxyl stretching and deformation vibrations. NIR spectroscopy has the ability to distinguish between the alunite minerals even when the formula of the minerals is closely related. The NIR spectroscopic technique has great potential as a mineral exploratory tool on planets and in particular Mars.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||alunite, natro, alunite, ammonio, alunite, jarosite, Infrared and Near, infrared spectroscopy, sulphate|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL) (030600)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL) (030600) > Structural Chemistry and Spectroscopy (030606)
|Divisions:||Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 Elsevier|
|Copyright Statement:||Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Deposited On:||31 Oct 2008|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:49|
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