A Classical Calculation of Raman Line Shapes

I. Laulicht, V. Halpern

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A simple classical method is used to calculate the shape of the emission line and Raman spectrum line of a molecule which behaves like a damped harmonic oscillator. The shapes found, which are similar for the two cases, differ appreciably from the Lorentzian shape and from the shapes found by other authors if the line width is of the same order of magnitude as the natural frequency. Such a situation arises in ferroelectric crystals at temperatures close to that of a second-order phase transition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-158
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1971


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