Spectroscopy Matters

How Spectroscopy Affects Everyday Life

Some of us view the physical world in a simple manner, accepting what they don’t understand. Others have an innate curiosity. We hunger to grasp the nature of the surrounding environment. We want to know how things work.

What is Spectroscopy?

Spectroscopy helps bridge that knowledge gap. It is a method of understanding molecules by measuring the interaction of light and matter. By analyzing the amount of light absorbed or emitted by a sample, we can determine the sample’s components, characteristics and volume.

We use spectrometers, which perform spectroscopy, in basic research. However, we also use these instruments in applied sciences, including industrial, chemical, petrochemical, environmental, food and agriculture, metals and mining. We use spectroscopy to help discover life on our own, and distant planets.

We cross paths with spectrometers in our everyday lives. Associates use simple spectrometers at home improvement stores to analyze and match the paint color for redoing your bedroom. Researchers use it to develop cancer treatments. Spectrometers can also help monitor an oil spill and atmospheric conditions.

Why it matters

The benefits of spectroscopy are broad. It affects a vast range of unexpected things, from improving the quality of your food to the hunt for criminals. We can apply various spectroscopic techniques in virtually every area of scientific research - from environmental analysis and biomedical sciences to space exploration.

We will go deep into the technology, including discussing Raman spectroscopy, a vibrational study of matter, fluorescence, and the Excitation-Emission Matrix.

The science has come a long way. Engineers have made improvements to detectors, software, and overall design. It has affected speed, miniaturization, price, and reliability.

Spectroscopy Topics


Read our Spectroscopy Matters articles to learn more about application of Fluorescence spectroscopy techniques in your everyday life.


Read Horiba's Spectroscopy Matters articles on how scientists use Raman spectroscopy techniques to identify molecules and study chemical bonding and intramolecular bonds.

Elemental Analysis

Read our articles on Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES or ICP-AES) - one of the most powerful analytical tools for determining trace elements in numerous sample types.


Learn why Near-Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy has become one of the most common spectroscopy techniques in food science and technology research.

Fluorescence Spectroscopy

Raman Spectroscopy

Elemental Analysis

Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

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