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Advances in Condensed Matter Physics
Volume 2008, Article ID 175862, 8 pages
Research Article

EPR, UV-Visible, and Near-Infrared Spectroscopic Characterization of Dolomite

1Department of Physics, S.V.D. College, Kadapa 516003, India
2Inorganic Materials Research Program, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, Brisbane, GPO Box 2434, Queensland 4001, Australia
3Department of Chemistry, Yogi Vemana University, Kadapa 516003, India

Received 17 June 2008; Accepted 21 October 2008

Academic Editor: David Huber

Copyright © 2008 S. Lakshmi Reddy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Dolomite mineral samples having white and light green colors of Indian origin have been characterized by EPR, optical, and NIR spectroscopy. The optical spectrum exhibits a number of electronic bands due to presence of Fe(III) ions in the mineral. From EPR studies, the parameters of for Fe(III) and , and for Mn(II) are evaluated and the data confirm that the ions are in distorted octahedron. Optical absorption studies reveal that Fe(III) is in distorted octahedron. The bands in NIR spectra are due to the overtones and combinations of water molecules. Thus EPR and optical absorption spectral studies have proven useful for the study of the solid state chemistry of dolomite.