Dolomite Raman spectrum

The Dolomite Raman spectrum and its interpretation are presented below.


Dolomite sample data

Description: Dolomite mineral sample
Mineral: Dolomite
RAMAN ID: RAMAN5451
Ideal chemistry: CaMg(CO3)2
Source: Grigore Cobălcescu Museum
Locality: Fiesch – Switzerland
Owner: Department of Geology – Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi

Dolomite sample image

Dolomite Raman spectrum

Raman spectrum of Dolomite


Main Raman bands of Dolomite

Wavenumbers (cm-1): 1087vs, 714w, 285m

Raman parameters

Instrument settings: Raman spectrograph HE 532nm (Horiba Jobin-Yvon)
Spectral resolution: 2 cm-1
Conditions of measurement: at room temperature

Interpretation of Raman spectrum of Dolomite

In this study only ν1 (1087 cm-1), ν4 (714 cm-1) bands are observed in the Raman spectrum, ν2 and ν3 modes are absent. The external vibration mode observed at 285 cm-1 are due to the relative translations between the cation and anionic groups (Gunasekaran, 2006).

Buzgar and Apopei, 2009 Gunasekaran et al., 2006 Assignment
187 T(Ca, Mg, CO3)
285 309 T(Ca, Mg, CO3)
714 733 ν4 symmetric CO3 deformation
ν2 asymmetric CO3 deformation
1087 1106 ν1 symmetric CO3 stretching
NO 1450 ν3 asymmetric CO3 stretching
NO 1765 ν1 + v4

NO = not observed

The difference in site symmetries for dolomite and calcite results from substitution of Mg atom for one of the two Ca atoms for about each molecular oxygen atom. Thus the IR and Raman spectra of dolomite resemble those of calcite. In literature, Gunasekaran et al. (2006) have reported bands for the ν3 vibrational modes of CO3 group (1450, respectively 1445 cm-1), values that in this study were not observed. Gunasekaran et al. (2006) have also reported a Raman band at 1765 cm-1 assigned to ν1 + ν4 combination.

References for the Raman spectrum of Dolomite

  • BUZGAR N., APOPEI A. I. (2009) – The Raman study on certain carbonates. Analele Stiintifice ale Universitatii “Al. I. Cuza” – Iasi, Tome 55, issue 2, 97-112 [link]
  • GUNASEKARAN S., ANBALAGAN G., PANDI S. (2006) – Raman and infrared spectra of carbonates of calcite structure. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 37, p. 892-899 [link]

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