An infrared (IR) emission cell which is capable of operation up to 1500°C is described. The cell is based on an atomic absorption graphite furnace and is coupled to a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. The spectrometer has been used to measure the emission spectrum of quartz from 200 to 1400°C, and the changes in the spectrum occurring with temperature can be related to the formation of cristobalite; transitions between low and high forms (alpha and beta forms) can also be monitored. Aragonite has also been analyzed through the temperature range 100 to 600°C, and the aragonite/calcite transition is clearly evident. The transformation of kaolinite to metakaolinite and through to mullite and cristobalite has also been studied with this <i>in situ</i> technique. The formation of mullite is evident in the spectrum at temperatures as low as 900°C, and the formation of cristobalite is clearly seen at 1200°C.
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