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Infrared Characterization of Environmental Samples by Pulsed Photothermal Spectroscopy

Seidel, W.; Foerstendorf, H.; Heise, K. H.; Nicolai, R.; Schamlott, A.; Ortega, J. M.; Glotin, F.; Prazeres, R.

Low concentration of toxic radioactive metals in environmental samples often limits the interpretation of results of infrared studies investigating the interaction processes between the metal ions and environmental compartments. For the first time, we show that photothermal infrared spectroscopy performed with a pulsed free electron laser can provide reliable infrared spectra throughout a distinct spectral range of interest. In this model investigation, we provide vibrational absorption spectra of a rare earth metal salt dissolved in a KBr matrix and a natural calcite sample obtained by thermal beam deflection technique and FT-IR spectroscopy, respectively. General agreement was found between all spectra of the different recording techniques. Spectral deviations were observed with samples containing low concentration of the rare earth metal salt indicating a lower detection limit of the photothermal method compared to conventional FT-IR spectroscopy.

Publ.-Id: 5372