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An Introduction to the New Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry

By: , Posted on: October 20, 2016

encyclopedia of spectroscopy and spectrometry

The first edition of the Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry (edited by John Lindon, George Tranter, and John Holmes) was published as a print version in 1999 and comprised around 300 articles. The editors attracted authors who provided up-to-date explanations of the most important spectroscopic and related techniques along with details of their many fields of application. Our initial strategy was to include topics that in the strict definition of the word were not spectroscopy. Thus, we included mass spectrometry and expanded the title to encompass spectrometry. We also felt that subjects such as magnetic resonance imaging, which use many of the same principles as spectroscopy, should be included; this led to a section of the encyclopedia on spatially resolved and imaging methods, included because we felt that interested readers would like to have a linked entry point to these subjects.

Around a decade later, the editors (at which time John Holmes was succeeded by David Koppenaal) completed a major update of this work in print and now also in electronic format; this resulted in over a 100 new and updated articles. Some of the articles, particularly those that explain the theory behind the various techniques, did not change. However, technology had developed rapidly in the previous 10 years and many major advances in spectroscopy and spectrometry had been achieved. We also commissioned articles on subjects that were not covered in the first edition, reflecting both lack of success in getting articles first time around and also the fact that there were now new approaches that needed to be covered.

Seven more years have passed and we (the same editors as previously) have now produced a third edition for mainly electronic use but with a print edition as well. We have commissioned more than 80 further new articles and had other articles revised to keep them up to date.

We intend the articles to be useful for experts within a given field, but that they will also provide an entry point for an interested person to find out more about a subject in which they are not perhaps so expert. The Further reading lists provided with each article also serve as a ready and topical resource for the reader who wishes to learn more.

This major revision of the encyclopedia to produce the third edition could not have been successful without the involvement of many people from different backgrounds and with different skills. First we thank all those authors who took considerable time and effort to either write new articles for us or to update their previously written articles, with many of these updates being in essence new articles. We are indeed grateful to them because without them there would be no encyclopedia. We know that they are all very busy scientists, many being leaders in their field and we thank them for their commitment to making this new edition a success.

Next, we would like to thank all of the people at Elsevier for their unfailing enthusiasm for this project and for their efficiency and professionalism in seeing it through. They were very helpful in overseeing the project, and they brought their wealth of experience to our meetings and guided us past many pitfalls. We would especially thank Joanne Williams for her daily contact, always helpful, always positive, always supremely efficient, and always enthusiastic.

Finally, we had a close spirit of cooperation and agreement amongst the editors and without this, the project would not have been achievable. We also recognize and appreciate the great help that our colleagues have given us in this endeavor, in particular the efforts of Dr. Delphine Le Pevelen in aiding George Tranter. Our interactions, by phone, by e-mail, by teleconference, and in meetings, were always very productive and importantly very happy and positive.

This newly published 4 volume set focuses on the fundamental principles, techniques, and applications of spectroscopy and spectrometry. Coverage includes:

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