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Introduction to Optical Mineralogy

ISBN-10: 0195060245

ISBN-13: 9780195060249

Edition: 2nd 1991 (Revised)

Authors: William D. Nesse

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This is an ideal textbook for both advanced undergraduates and graduate students. It contains valuable coverage of the optical properties of minerals, as well as up-to-date descriptions of common rock-forming minerals. The chapters on optical theory include discussions of the nature and properties of light, the petrographic microscope, and the behavior of light in isotropic materials and in uniaxial and biaxial anisotropic materials. Thoroughly revised to include recent developments in the field, the book includes step-by-step procedures to guide students through the determination of all optical properties by which minerals are routinely identified with a petrographic microscope. Readers will find descriptive information on over 125 common rock forming minerals, and many photomicrographs and illustrations. The book also includes a flow sheet to guide students through the process of identifying an unknown mineral.
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Book details

List price: $79.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/21/1991
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 9.30" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.728
Language: English

The Nature of Light
Electromagnetic Radiation
The Perception of Color
Interaction of Light and Matter
Transmitted Light
Index of Refraction
Critical Angle and Total Internal Reflection
Optical Class
Light Absorption and Color
Polarized Light
Polarization by Double Refraction
Polarization by Reflection
Polarization by Scattering
The Petrographic Microscope
Direction Conventions
Substage Assemby
Microscope Stage
Objective Lenses
Vertical Illuminator
Upper Polarizer
Bertrand Lens
Ocular Mechanism
Focusing Mechanism
Additional Equipment
General Care of the Microscope
Adjustment of the Microscope
General Considerations
Adjusting the Oculars
Adjusting the Illuminator
Adjusting the Substage
Alignment of the Polarizers
General Considerations
Becke Line Method
Dispersion Effects
Oblique Illumination Method
Practical Considerations
Accuracy of the Immersion Method
Determining Indices of Refraction in Thin Section
Optics of Isotropic Materials
Isotropic Indicatrix
Distinguishing Between Isotropic and Anisotropic Minerals
Identification of Isotropic Materials
Grain Mount
Thin Section
Optics of Anisotropic Minerals: Introduction
Interference Phenomena
Monochromatic Illumination
Interference of the Two Rays
Polychromatic Illumination
Orders of Interference Colors
Anomalous Interference Colors
Determining Thickness of a Sample
Thin Section
Grain Mount
Determining Birefringence from the Color Chart
Thin Section
Grain Mount
Recognizing the Different Orders of Interference Colors
Categories of Extinction
Use of the Accessory Plates
Sign of Elongation
Uniaxial Optics
Optic Sign
Crystallographic Considerations
Uniaxial Indicatrix
Use of the Indicatrix
Birefringence and Interference Colors
Textragonal Minerals
Hexagonal Minerals
Rhombohedral Cleavage
Prismatic and Pinacoidal Cleavage
Interference Figure
Optic Axis Interference Figure
Formation of Isochromes
Formation of Isogyres
Determining Optic Sign
Off-Center Optic Axis Figures
Flash Figure
Selecting Grains to Give Interference Figures
Optic Axis Figure
Flash Figure
Determining Indices of Refraction
Grain Mount
Determining nw
Determining ne
Thin Section
Spindle Stage
Biaxial Optics
Biaxial Indicatrix
Mathematical Relationships
Use of the Indicatrix
Normal Incidence Parallel to an Indicatrix Axis
Normal Incidence Parallel to an Optic Axis
Normal Incidence in a Random Direction
Inclined Incidence
Crystallographic Orientation of Indicatrix Axes
Orthorhombic Minerals
Monoclinic Minerals
Triclinic Minerals
Biaxial Interference Figure
Acute Bisectrix Figure
Formation of Isochromes
Vibration Directions and Formation of Isogyres
Centered Optic Axis Figure
Obtuse Bisectrix Figure
Optic Normal Figure
Off-Center Figure
Determining Optic Sign
Acute Bisectrix Figure
Obtuse Bisectrix Figure
Optic Axis Figure
Flash Figure
Determining 2V
2V Versus 2E
Mallard''s Method
Tobi''s Method
Kamb''s Method
Wright Method
Selecting Grains to Produce Interference Figures
Orthorhombic Minerals
Monoclinic Minerals
Triclinic Minerals
Sign of Elongations
Indicies of Refractio