20548 Spectroscopy of Minerals
Credits: 3 advanced seminar credits in Geology or in Physics
Prerequisites: 36 credits, including Fundamentals of Physics (or Fundamentals of Physics I + Fundamentals of Physics II), and Secrets of the Earth (or Introduction to Earth Sciences). Students must also fulfill all English requirements and take bibliographic instruction in the Library.
The course is based on Spectroscopic Methods in Mineralogy, edited by A. Beran & E. Libowitzky (Eötvös University Press, 2004) and on a reader edited by Shlomo Shoval, Yoram Kirsh and Michael Gaft.
Mineral physics is the basis of modern Mineralogy and a developed academic and applied scientific field. The course acquaints students with accepted research methods in mineral physics and its theoretical background. Within the framework of the course, students prepare a practical project using accepted research methods in the study of minerals.
The first part of the course is theoretical and provides a theoretical background for various research methods in mineral physics. The second part of the course is practical and includes the preparation of a seminar paper based on an individual research project that includes various research methods such as infrared spectroscopy and visible and ultra-violet light spectroscopy. The project includes a review of the theoretical and experimental literature, data analysis and an appraisal. Students perform experiments using luminescence and Raman spectrometers, an x-ray diffractometer, and an atomic absorption spectrometer. In preparing the projects, students utilize a computerized data bank and modern spectral analysis software programs.
1or General Chemistry (20477 or 20487), which is no longer offered.