Graphite thermometry by interactive fitting of Raman spectra

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The growth conditions of natural graphite crystals are conventionally estimated by the application of petrological methods on the host rocks. As Raman Spectroscopy records detailed information on the microstructure of a carbon-material, this method is applied empirically to graphite from the southern margin of the Bohemian Massif to investigate the correlation between microstructure and metamorphic peak conditions directly, characterizing an economically important geomaterial. Automated fitting of the second-order Raman-spectrum of graphite assesses the strongly asymmetrical S2-band at ca. 2700 cm−1 by a shape parameter, characterizing the microstructural state of graphite. Applying this concept, a confident parameter (S2-shape) estimates the peak metamorphic temperature of natural graphite crystals between 600 °C and 800 °C. The application in the southern Bohemian Massif maps metamorphic peak temperatures related to Variscan tectonics. Comparing the microstructure of large crystals from graphite seams with tiny crystals dispersed in the rock matrix, there is evidence that small graphite particles are not influenced by a late-stage overprint.
Original languageEnglish
Article number104232
Number of pages9
JournalInternational journal of coal geology
Issue number15 April
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2023

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