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Luis Oliveira and Manuel Pais Clemente

CETO – Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Ópticas, Rua Caldas Xavier, Nº38, 6º E, 4150 Porto, Portugal. E-mail: [email protected]

The study of the mineralogical phases of archaeological ceramics may be very helpful in unravelling the history of an ancient sherd, particularly by means that investigate the process of its production. Micro-Raman spectroscopy offers advantages as a non-destructive, or even better, a non-sampling technique.

An introduction to photoacoustic spectroscopy.

Peter J. Jenks

the Jenks Partnership, Newhaven House, Junction Road, Alderbury, Wiltshire SP5 3AZ, UK. E-mail: [email protected]

D.B. Coates

CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Davies Laboratory, PMB PO Aitkenvale, Qld 4814, Australia

It is now more than fifty years ago that Felix Bloch and Edward Mills Purcell independently discovered a phenomenon called nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Only a few years later, in 1952, both received the Nobel Laureate Physics award for this discovery. Purcell and Bloch were the first to “listen” to the whisperings of hydrogen. They eventually obtained an NMR spectrum representing the different “pitches” of the nuclei, a property, which reflects the physico–chemical (electronic) neighbourhood of the nucleus.

Peter J. Jenks

the Jenks Partnership, Newhaven House, Junction Road, Alderbury, Wiltshire SP5 3AZ, UK. E-mail: [email protected]

Tony Davies

External Professor, University of Glamorgan, UK. c/o Creon Lab Control AG, Europaallee 27-29, 50226 Frechen, Germany

Chemical imaging spectroscopy is an exciting new analytical advance that answers commonly asked questions such as what chemical species are in a sample, how much of each is present, and most importantly, where are they located? Through the fusion of traditional infrared spectroscopy with powerful microscopic and macroscopic imaging capabilities, chemical imaging spectroscopy answers all these questions simultaneously, in a single rapid measurement.

Peter J. Jenks

the Jenks Partnership, Newhaven House, Junction Road, Alderbury, Wiltshire SP5 3AZ, UK. E-mail: [email protected]

Tony M.C. Davies

Norwich Near Infrared Consultancy, 75 Intwood Road, Cringleford, Norwich NR4 6AA,UK

Tom Fearn

Department of Statistical Science, University College London, Gower Street, London

Peter J. Jenks

the Jenks Partnership, Newhaven House, Junction Road, Alderbury,Wiltshire SP5 3AZ, UK. E-mail: [email protected]

Tony Davies

External Professor, University of Glamorgan, UK c/o Creon Lab Control AG, Europaallee 27–29, 50226 Frechen, Germany

Peter J. Jenks,a* Robert D. Rucinskib and Henryka Jerzakc

a“the Jenks’ Partnership”, Newhaven House,Alderbury, SP5 3AZ,UK
bRT Corporation, PO Box 1346, Laramie,Wyoming, USA
cInstytut Przemyslu Organicznego (IPO), ul.Annopol 6, PL-03 236 Warsaw, Poland

Tony Davies

Norwich Near Infrared Consultancy , 75 Intwood Road, Cringleford, Norwich NR4 6AA, UK

Tom Fearn

Department of Statistical Science, University College London, Gower Street, London,WC1E 6BT, UK

As regular readers of this column will know there have been reports at irregular intervals on the ongoing attempt to establish an international spectroscopic data bank. The concept is based on the successful protein crystallographic data bank (PDB) into which the key electronic coordinate data is placed following almost ever peer-reviewed protein crystallographic publication. This databank is then made available to the crystallographic community and is a key resource for those active in this field.

Tony Davies

Norwich Near Infrared Consultancy, 75 Intwood Road, Cringleford, Norwich NR4 6AA, UK

Tom Fearn

Department of Statistical Science, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

Ever since the development of inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry in the mid 1980s, there have been certain applications or specific analyses that have been regarded as difficult or impossible to address using the technique. This article explores the optimisation of the technique in high matrix samples.

A.N.Davies, H.M. Heise, P. Lampen, R.H. Kurte and L. Küpper

ISAS, Institute of Spectrochemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, Bunsen-Kirchhoff-Str. 11, Postfach 10 13 52, 44013 Dortmund, Germany

A.M.C. Davies

Norwich Near Infrared Consultancy, 75 Intwood Road, Cringleford, Norwich, NR4 6AA, UK

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