spec·​tros·​co·​py | \ spek-ˈträ-skə-pē How to pronounce spectroscopy (audio) \

Definition of spectroscopy

1 : the process or technique of using a spectroscope or spectrometer
2 : the production and investigation of spectra

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The other major liquid-sample technology is Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How the Experts Identify Chemical Weapons and Prove an Attack," 7 Aug. 2018 Once the material was collected, the scientists used magnetic resonance and spectroscopy, the dividing of light into wavelengths, to understand how much material absorbed a particular frequency of infrared light. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Milky Way Is Full of Potentially Toxic "Space Grease"," 28 June 2018 Accordingly, astronomers can use spectroscopy to measure the chemical compositions of stars in our galaxy and differentiate those in the disk from those in the halo. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Milky Way Galaxy Might Be Twice as Wide as Astronomers Thought," 13 June 2018 This device maps terrestrial ecosystems using thermal measurements, imaging spectroscopy and a remote sensing technique known as LiDAR. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "‘Staggering’ Damage to Florida’s Everglades Remains in the Wake of Hurricane Irma," 20 Apr. 2018 According to a press release, the team then used infrared spectroscopy from NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescope to look at the brightness of JD1. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Astronomers Find Signature From the Universe’s Earliest Known Stars," 22 May 2018 Cicco’s attorney, Christopher McHugh, hired a scientist, Tom Tague, to examine the sample using spectroscopy in order to determine its provenance. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Woman: Neil Armstrong gave me moondust; I don’t want NASA to take it away," 13 June 2018 Kayama and his colleagues analyzed 14 lunar meteorites using sophisticated methods, including micro-Raman spectroscopy and electron microscopy. Tereza Pultarova, Scientific American, "Mineral Found in Lunar Meteorite Hints at Hidden Moon Water," 3 May 2018 None of it involved the principal science payload, although some spectroscopy and minor atmospheric observations were lost, as well as some data from a dust counter designed by a group of students. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Pluto-Bound Probe is Back Online and Ready to Go," 6 July 2015

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1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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spec·​tros·​co·​py | \ spek-ˈträs-kə-pē How to pronounce spectroscopy (audio) \
plural spectroscopies

Medical Definition of spectroscopy

1a : the production and investigation of spectra
b : the process or technique of using a spectroscope or spectrometer
2 : physics that deals with the theory and interpretation of interactions between matter and radiation (as electromagnetic radiation)

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