Part I covers the basic theory, principles and instrumentation of classical vibrational, infrared and Raman spectroscopy. It is aimed at researchers with a background in chemistry and physics, and is presented at the level suitable for first year graduate students. The latter half of Part I is devoted to more novel subjects in vibrational spectroscopy, such as resonance and non-linear Raman effects, vibrational optical activity, time resolved spectroscopy and computational methods. Thus, Part 1 represents a short course into modern vibrational spectroscopy.
Part II is devoted in its entirety to applications of vibrational spectroscopic techniques to biophysical and bio-structural research, and the more recent extension of vibrational spectroscopy to microscopic data acquisition. Vibrational microscopy (or microspectroscopy) has opened entirely new avenues toward applications in the biomedical sciences, and has created new research fields collectively referred to as Spectral Cytopathology (SCP) and Spectral Histopathology (SHP). In order to fully exploit the information contained in the micro-spectral datasets, methods of multivariate analysis need to be employed. These methods, along with representative results of both SCP and SHP are presented and discussed in detail in Part II.
Keywords: Vibrational Spectroscopy; Micro-Spectroscopy; Infrared spectroscopy; Raman spectroscopy; Small and large molecules; Diagnostic applications; Resonance and Non-linear Raman effects; Vibrational optical activity; Time resolved spectroscopy; Computational methods; Biophysical and bio-structural research; microscopic data acquisition; Spectral Cytopathology (SCP); Spectral Histopathology (SHP); Micro-spectral datasets; Multivariate analysis, Biomedical Imaging, Materials Characterization, Biomedical Imaging, Materials Characterization