Raman’s Discovery in Historical Context

  • Simona Cintă PînzaruEmail author
  • Wolfgang Kiefer
Part of the Springer Series in Surface Sciences book series (SSSUR, volume 66)


In this introductory chapter a short historical description of C.V. Raman himself and of the effect which bears his name will be given. Based on various publications from Indian colleagues, some remarkable facts on Raman as well as on his discovery are highlighted. Following an illustrated description of how the first “Raman light” was detected using the sunlight as an excitation source , the way in which the 1930 Nobel prize winner has been recognized worldwide by his physics colleagues is recounted. Furthermore, some important contributions to the theoretical and experimental developments after the discovery are pointed out. As is well known, the introduction of the laser as a light source brought about a renaissance in Raman spectroscopy. A short list detailing some of the remarkable progress in laser Raman spectroscopy is then provided.



W.K. thanks the Raman Research Institute in Bangalore for providing the interview film and the audio of Raman’s lectures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biomolecular Physics DepartmentBabes-Bolyai UniversityCluj-NapocaRomania
  2. 2.Institute for Physical and Theoretical ChemistryUniversity of WürzburgWürzburgGermany
  3. 3.Eisingen Laboratory for Applied Raman Spectroscopy (ELARS)EisingenGermany

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