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Chapter 1:
Introduction, Terminology, and Scales
This book is intended to familiarize readers with the definition, design, justification, and verification of instrumentation for optical spectroscopy. Students and design engineers can use it as a background compendium. Experienced researchers and expert physicists will eventually find new interrelations of different parameters that are helpful for their work. Application scientists in biology and chemistry can use the book as a guideline to select the system best suited for their lab - eventually, purchasers will use it for the same reasons. The book does not deal with the basics of optical spectroscopy, however; it primarily concentrates on the application and technical realization of the technology. (The physical basics of optical spectroscopy are well described by Ball. Several books address light measurement in general, one of which is available from International Light.
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