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Ewen Smith , Geoffrey Dent
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17 Dec 2004
This book reflects the dramatic increase in the number of Raman spectrometers being sold to and used by non–expert practitioners. It contains coverage of Resonance Raman and SERS, two hot areas of Raman, in a form suitable for the non–expert. Builds Raman theory up in stages without overloading the reader with complex theory Includes two chapters on instrumentation and interpretation that shows how Raman spectra can be obtained and interpreted Explains the potential of using Raman spectroscopy in a wide variety of applications Includes detailed, but concise information and worked examples

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (17 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471497940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471497943
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 17 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 944,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...the book achieves its aims of outlining a very wide range of applications…" ( Physical Sciences Educational Reviews , December 2006) "…a useful starting point for the chemist who is just entering the field…" ( Analytical Chemistry , January 1, 2006) "…everything is here in this highly recommended primer on the subject." ( CHOICE , October 2005)

"…a useful starting point for the chemist who is just entering the field…" ( Analytical Chemistry , January 1, 2006) "…everything is here in this highly recommended primer on the subject." ( CHOICE , October 2005)

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For many years the practice of Raman spectroscopy was confined to experts in dedicated academic or industrial research laboratories. The instruments were large, complicated and the experiments quite complex. With advances in modern technology Raman spectrometers can be small, portable and are regularly used by people who are neither specialist spectroscopists nor analysts. This book aims to provide the information necessary to enable new users of Raman spectroscopy to understand and apply the technique correctly and includes descriptions of the many pitfalls that can be encountered. The early chapters provide enough basic theory to make a practical interpretation of Raman spectra. The theory is dealt with in more depth in later chapters where the approach is to describe the main equations involved in Raman scattering, concentrating on their meaning and relevance. With this background the much more detailed world is revealed in which aspects of Raman spectroscopy can provide unique information for a limited number of analytical problems. A full mathematical approach to the theory of Raman spectroscopy is outside the scope of this book. For those who stay to the end, the book will provide a firm grounding from which to approach more in depth studies of specific aspects of Raman spectroscopy with appropriate references given. It is the authors’ hope that those who are just developing or reviving an interest in Raman spectroscopy will very quickly gain a practical understanding from the first two chapters. Furthermore they will be inspired by the elegance and information content of the technique to delve further into the rest of the book, opening up the vast potential of the more sophisticated applications of Raman spectroscopy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Overview of Modern Raman 2 Sep 2005
The book gives a good overview of the modern Raman techniques avaliable. It describes good the pros and cons of Raman, the basic theory behind and some of the possible areas of use.
Can be HIGHLY requmented for EVERYONE working with or about to work with Raman techniques.
- Does NOT have deep Raman theory so this should be sought after elsewhere. Does not have explicit descriptions of the areas covered but gives an EXCELENT overview.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Up to date, but weak 7 Jun 2008
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The big strength of this book is that it's a good single-volume coverage of the current technology involved in the method, including ultrafast laser systems for CARS etc. The chapter that surveys applications is also fairly well-done. The coverage does not provide enough information to make useful conclusions on choice of specific equipment, or even questions such as "would I be better served with visible-light excitation and a good CCD, or a FT instrument?"

The rest of it... well. It's simply not very well written - organization is poor, even within a given paragraph. Information is repeated multiple times; I saw the same sentence (about the need to pick a good baseline when doing quantitative work) on three consecutive pages - and in no case do they provide a good example of a well-chosen baseline. They mention apodization of FT spectra, but they do not explain or define it. They talk about work on standardizing instruments (esp. for quantitative/intensity purposes), but they wander back and forth between "it's very seldom done" and "it's not been studied much" and "it's been satisfactorily addressed" and "it's very nearly a solved problem". (As another example, there's a figure showing FT-Raman spectra of indene at several different excitation powers; the text claims that there's a non-linear power dependence for the relative peak intensities, but the figure suggests the opposite.)

Sentence fragments are common, and at least two figures have typos. Was there a proof-reader?

Paragraphs also contradict each other: They say that "the SMOOTH function" (yes, apparently there's only the one) is a useful tool for bringing out weak features; that it's extremely dangerous because it obscures detail; that it's an excellent way to remove noise. On the basis of those paragraphs, the reader is left with very little indication of whether "the SMOOTH function" should be used or not. They (attempt to) cover the relevant theory, but again, it's poorly arranged and winds up obscuring more than it explains.

As a review of Raman since 2000 (McCreery's book), it's somewhat useful. They do provide extensive references, so it's perhaps an effective set of pointers on where to start reading.

It is not "the perfect book on Raman spectroscopy"; it is not even a very good one. In particular, I cannot see it useful as an introduction to Raman. (I'd hoped to suggest it as a supplement to a class I'm teaching in the fall; I'm glad I read it before giving it to students!) Their idea for the book was good; perhaps a second edition will be more useful.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for background and laboratory set-up 19 Oct 2010
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This book gave good background on the technique and fundamentals of SERS. It really is a practical approach for how to add SERS into a lab to use in different experimental set-ups. However, there is no discussion on TERS, which is a large part of modern Raman.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proabably The Most Concise and Basic Information Needed By Everyone 1 Jan 2007
By Phillip - Published on
I have searched for the perfect book on Raman spectroscopy which would be short and complete. After looking high and low, I must recommend this text to everyone who want an explanation detail by detail. The concepts are handled quite nicely so that anyone with basic physics and chemistry understanding will comprehend. Also, there are plenty of examples of compounds which makes analysis easier to identify different bonds and vibration modes. Keep this handy with you and treasure it forever. This one is a keeper.
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