Reflection Spectroscopy, And How It Is Used Today
Have you ever wondered how scientists are able to determine the density of objects and atmospheres in space? Or have you ever been curious about how an x-ray can take photos of your bones through your skin? The answer to both of these questions is something termed, reflection spectroscopy. Spectroscopy can obviously accomplish many things but what exactly is this scientific theory.
According to the United States Geological Survey, reflection spectroscopy is “the study of light as a function of wavelength that has been reflected or scattered from a solid, liquid, or gas.” In other words, an energy source is pointed at an object and the difference in light that is reflected back is able to determine the atomic and molecular energy levels, molecular geometries, chemical bonds, interactions of molecules, and among other things. This process is rather complicated to complete but requires only an energy source and something to measure the reflections, using a tool called a spectrometer.
One of the most common uses of this process is used for astronomical spectroscopy. Scientists have been using this technique to find out about information about other planets in the solar system. Ever wonder how scientists have detailed information about the atmosphere around Saturn? Reflection spectroscopy is the technology that allows us to do this. Not all spectroscopy is out of this world however and if you have ever broken a bone, you have likely partaken in this technology.
If you have ever had an x-ray, you have had the process of spectroscopy done to your body. Think about it for a second. You were asked to sit still, while a bright light was directed towards you and at the end you are able to look at the x-ray, which shows your bone structure and density. The energy source was strong enough to shine straight through your body and muscular system and light is then reflected off the bone and caught by the x-ray. You are then able to see your bone structure and the doctor is able to determine if you have any breaks or other bone conditions. Now that I knew the concept of reflection spectroscopy I believed the MonaVie VIEW Antioxidant Scanner not only works, but it utilizes some of the best technology around.
The VIEW scanner is able to scan a user’s finger and determine how many antioxidants are in the user’s blood. Much like an x-ray a white light is used to detect and measure antioxidants in human skin. When that white light hits antioxidants in your skin, it is reflected back. A spectrometer is used to measure that backscattered light, creating a score of the antioxidants present. The more antioxidants present, the higher the score. A high score is important because antioxidants are directly related to your health.
While I had never heard of the term reflection spectroscopy before, it was encouraging to know that the MonaVie VIEW Antioxidant scanner is backed by science and look forward to new products using this technology in the future.