2020 WURM school on Raman spectroscopy

The WURM project aims to build a repository of computed physical properties for minerals, with a special emphasis on Raman spectra. The database contains additional information about the crystal structures, infrared spectra, comparison of single-crystal and powder spectra, as well as other physical properties of minerals.Our computed and collected data provide standards for mineralogists, geoscientists, gemologists and the general public for the identification of minerals both on earth and for planetary exploration. Part of our project consists of outreach and lecturing events about vibrational spectroscopy and first-principles simulations.

Following the 2014 WURM CNRS thematic school and the 2017 one-day pre-Compres workshop on Raman spectroscopy we organize a new edition of a Raman school in Lyon in spring of 2020. The school is addressed mainly to master and doctoral students and early career researchers interested in mineral physics and vibrational spectroscopy.

The school will take place during the first week of March: 2-6 March 2020 at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon. There is a limited number of participants accepted on a first-in base. The school is part of the Lyon IDEX doctoral school. All participants will receive a certificate of participation at the end of the school. All local expenses are covered by our IDEX. For inquiries and registration, please write directly to Razvan Caracas specifying the “WURM 2020 school” in the subject of the message.

A temptative program is as follows:

Monday, March 2nd
9h00 – 9h10: Opening (Razvan Caracas)
9h10 – 10h40: Raman in mineralogy (Bruno Reynard, CNRS/ ENS Lyon, France)
10h40 – 11h00: Coffee break
11h00 – 12h30: Theoretical Raman spectroscopy (Razvan Caracas, CNRS/ ENS Lyon, France)
12h30 – 14h00: Lunch break
14h00 – 15h30: In situ Raman spectroscopy (Bruno Reynard, CNRS/ ENS Lyon, France)
15h30 – 15h50: Coffee break
15h50 – 17h20: Processing of Raman data (Achim Kohler, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway)

Tuesday, March 3rd
09h00 – 10h30: Raman databases and advanced topics (Razvan Caracas, CNRS/ ENS Lyon, France)
10h30 – 10h50: Coffee break
10h50 – 12h20: Powdered materials (Jirka Hlinka, Instit. Phys., Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic)
12h20 – 14h00: Lunch break
14h00 – 15h30: Theory of molecular systems (Elise Dumont, ENS Lyon, France)
15h30 – 15h45: Coffee break
15h45 – 18h00: Theoretical prediction of a phase transition – hands-on session (Razvan Caracas, CNRS/ ENS Lyon, France)

Wednesday, March 4th
09h00 – 10h30: Luminescence spectroscopy (Gerard Panczer, UCBL – University Lyon 1, France)
10h30 – 10h50: Coffee break
10h50 – 12h20: Carbon-based materials (Alfonso San Miguel, UCBL – University Lyon 1, France)
12h20 – 14h00: Lunch break
14h00 – 15h30: Irradiated solids and glasses (Nadege Ollier, Polytechnic Institute Paris, France)
15h30 – 15h50: Coffee break
15h30 – 17h30: Visit of Raman instruments at ENS Lyon (Gilles Montagnac, CNRS/ ENS Lyon, France)

Thursday, March 5th
09h00 – 10h30: Organic matter in meteorites (Eric Quiricho, Institute of Planetology and Astrophysics Grenoble, France)
10h30 – 10h50: Coffee break
10h50 – 12h20: Geological fluids (Muriel Andreani, UCBL – University Lyon 1 / ENS Lyon, France)
12h20 – 14h00: Lunch break
14h00 – 18h00: Discussion of students-oriented projects


  • please bring your own laptops to the school
  • please install JMol from http://jmol.sourceforge.net/ to visualize crystal structures for the ab initio hands-on tutorial. You will also need a sheet-based analysis software, like excel.
  • please install Qasar from https://quasar.codes/ for the data analysis class. You should watch this tutorial before the class as an introduction. Quasar is an open source project toolbox extending the Orange suites (https://orange.biolab.si/). More introduction videos can be found here. We recommend you have a look at all the “ Getting Started with Orange” -videos and the “ Spectral Orange” videos.


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