Infrared spectroscopy of hydrous glasses of arc magma compositions

Shigeru Yamashita, Toshihiro Kitamura, Minoru Kusakabe

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Molar absorption coefficients of water in glasses of arc magma compositions have been determined for -2.8 μm, -2.2 μm, and -1.9 μm bands. Excellent agreement was found between the water contents calculated from the absorption peak heights and those determined by H2 manometry when the following molar absorption coefficients (m3/mol m) are used for different glass compositions: ε2.8μm = 6.4 ± 0.1, ε2.2μm = 0.085 ± 0.007, and ε1.9μm = 0.084 ± 0.006 for tholeiite and high-Al basalt glasses; ε2.8μm = 6.8 ± 0.1. ε2.2μm = 0.094 ± 0.006, and ε1.9μm = 0.16 ± 0.03 for dacite glass. With IR spectroscopy using these coefficients, water concentrations up to -3 wt.% in the arc basalt and dacite glasses can be determined accurately.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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