Analytical method for stable background reduction for Raman spectra of carbon-containing meteorite and terrestrial samples suffering from intense fluorescenceOPEN ACCESS 

Aruto Kashima, Shu-hei Urashima, Hiroharu Yui

MAPS, Version of Record online: 10 January 2024


“Chemical states of carbon in terrestrial (meta) sediments and carbonaceous chondrites gather attention as a geothermometer. As a nondestructive analytical method, Raman spectroscopy has been widely used to study their electronic properties, crystallinity, and structural defects through so-called D and G bands. For the analysis of Raman spectra, a common problem is coexistence of a fluorescence background, which should be subtracted prior to the peak-fitting analysis. However, we recently faced a problem that the band shape noticeably changed depending on the background function assumed although the background seemed to be well subtracted at a first glance regardless of the choice of the background function. For the application of the Raman spectroscopy as a geothermometer, a standard background subtraction method must be established to suppress the arbitrariness. In the present study, Raman spectra of seven carbon-containing natural samples, whose background intensities were significantly different, were measured, and their background shape was evaluated by first-, second-, and third-order polynomials. The results indicated that the third-order polynomial was necessary and sufficient as a standard background function. Importantly, although lower order polynomials seem to successfully fit the background at a first glance, they falsely caused dispersion of the shoulder band shape.”