Spectroscopy is the study of the way light (electromagnetic radiation) and matter interact. There are a number of different types of spectroscopic techniques and the basic principle shared by all is to shine a beam of a particular electromagnetic radiation on to a sample and observe how it responds to such a stimulus; allowing scientists to obtain information about the structure and properties of matter.
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Find out more about the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase scheme by visiting the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase website.
This resource was produced to accompany our Spectroscopy in a Suitcase scheme, which gave school students the chance to learn about spectroscopy through hands-on experience.