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Raman Effect : Experimental Setup & Explaination

Raman Effect: When a strong beam of visible or UV light illuminates a gas a liquid or transparent solid a small fraction of light is scattered in all directions the spectrum of the scattered light is found to consist of lines of the same frequencies as the incident beam called Rayleigh lines and also a certain weak lines of changed frequencies. These additional lines or weak lines are called Raman Lines.

Raman Effect

The lines on the two frequency side are called Stokes Lines while those on the high frequency side are called Anti-stokes lines.
The anti-stokes lines are much weaker than stokes lines this phenomenon is called Raman effect.

Raman Effect
Fig. Raman Spectrum


The basic requirement for Roman spectrum is a source a roman tube and a spectrograph.

The source must be an intense line source in the blue-violet region.
A mercury arc is a proper source nowadays LASER provides on exceptionally intense and mono-chromatic Raman source.
The Raman tube used for liquids is a thin glass tube T whose one end is closed with on optically plane glass plate and the other is down into the slope of horn and covered with black tape the flat end serve as the window through which the scattered light energy from horn shape and causes total reflection of the backward scattered light and provides a dark background.

The spectrograph must be one of high light gathering power combine with good resolution. The Raman tube T containing experimental liquid is placed above and parallel to the source S.

In between the source and tube, there is a glass cylinder placed which is filled with the saturated solution of sodium nitrate.
The sodium nitrate solution absorbs the UV light of the mercury arc but transmits the blue light with greater intensity.

A polished reflector R placed over T increases the intensity of illumination
The scattered light passing through the plane window of the Raman tube is focused on the slit of a spectrograph which photographs the spectrum.

Raman Effect
Fig. Experimental Setup


The Raman effect can be explained from Quantum theory according to this theory light of frequency is a bundle of photons each of energy hv.

When it falls on a scatterer the photons collides with the molecules of the scatterer.

There are three possibilities in such a collision :

The photon may be scattered without loss or gain of energy it then gives rise to the unmodified spectral lines of the same frequency as of the incident light this is REYLIEGH LINES.

The photon may give a part of its energy delta E to molecules which is a great energy states E the molecules is that excited to a higher energy state and the photon is consequently scattered with a smaller energy. In this case, it gives rise to a spectral line of lower frequency or longer wavelength. These Is STOKE’S LAW.

The photon may collide a  molecules already in excited state E2 and take on energy from it in this case the molecules is de-excited to the ground state E1 and the photon is scattered with increased energy HV + DeltaE It give rise to the spectral line of higher frequency this is Antistokes line’s.

Raman Effect
Fig. Stokes & antistokes lines
Since the number of molecules in the excited state is very small the chances of the process are very small hence Antistoke’s Raman lines are much weaker than the Stoke’s Raman lines.
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