Cordierite Spectra

Cordierite single crystal 2.2 mm thick. The pleochroism is strong from colorless to violet as shown on this section perpendicular to γ thus showing α (colorless) and β (violet).

Absorbance in the NIR region is higher than in the visible wavelength range. The 2 peaks at 950 nm and 1200 nm arise from crystal field transitions of some Fe2+ ions replacing Mg2+ and the absorption structure in the visible region is a  charge transfer band between Fe2+ and Fe3+. As the replacement of Mg by Fe in cordierite is generally small, the color is mainly visible in thick section.

The small narrow peaks between 1400 and 1500 nm come from harmonic vibrations of the water molecule present in the cordierite structure.


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