The Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) technique has been used for both qualitative and quantitative determination in mineral species (McMillan et al., 1988; Pandya et al., 1992; Schroeder, 1992; Yanagisawa et al., 1997; Zhang et al., 1997). The method presents a number of important advantages: simple preparation, high sensitivity, and rapid analysis. The quantitative determination of minerals in the presence of glass is an interesting problem in mineralogy because X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods do not provide accurate results, especially for small mineral components. In this paper, we present a method for quantitative analysis of Al-rich smectite,...

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