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Spectroscopy is the study of the absorption and emission of electromagnetic radiation by matter. Spectroscopy is an important tool that can be used to find the molecular structures, composition, and vibration frequencies of a substance. It can also be used to find the concentrations of reactants as functions of time to find the reaction intermediates. The defining characteristic of spectroscopy is interaction of light (electromagnetic spectrum) and matter. Knowledge of both is required to fully interpret the measured data.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1246120