Investigation Of Magnetic Properties Of Granite Rock Using Raman Spectrometer System
Matini, Nyang'au Onesmus
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Investigation of magnetic properties of granite rock using Raman spectrometer. Laser Raman spectroscopy has been proposed for the purpose of definitive mineralogy including mineral identification, mineral proportion (grains making up the minerals), the size of the grains and the spectroscopic behavior of individual grains. In this project, Raman spectrometer with a green laser was used to identify various types of grains which were present in the six samples previously collected from various parts of Kenya. Also their respective coercivity was determined by relating the previously obtained coercivity with the Raman spectra. The coercivity curve explains the strength of the paleomagnetism present in the samples. The wavelength of the green silicon-laser used was 532nm, the size of each grain was determined using the Raman spectrometer. There are various factors which naturally acquired magnetism in minerals depends on namely: the size of the grain, the shape of the grain, the field strength of the earth, and the presence of impurities and dislocations in minerals. If the grains ofthe magnetic materials are large, magnetism acquired is weak and unstable. If grains are small, less than lOJJm,the magnetism acquired is stable and hard.