Handling techniques for channel spectra in synchrotron-based Fourier transform spectra1


Ibrahim A, Predoi-Cross A, Povey C. Handling techniques for channel spectra in synchrotron-based Fourier transform spectra1. Canadian Journal of Physics. 2013;91:910-923.
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Recently, the high radiance of synchrotron sources has been used to enhance FTIR spectrometer performance.However, excessive channel spectra when synchrotron sources are used degrade the quality of retrieved spectral parameters.We have investigated seven different techniques for handling channel spectra. These techniques were used to reducechannel spectra for a test group of seven samples of CO2 mixed with air recorded using the synchrotron source at theCanadian Light Source. The increases in signal to noise ratio (SNR) of spectra handled with each technique were calculated.SNR results showed that transmission spectra, produced using synthetic background spectra with simulated channelspectra, achieved the highest SNR improvement. However, when the spectra groups were fitted using a nonlinear leastsquare fit algorithm, the technique using channel spectra fitting produced the smallest fitting residual. Moreover, theretrieved intensities and air broadening coefficients of 21 spectral lines showed that the spectral fitting technique producedthe most accurate values as compared to the HITRAN 2008 database (Rothman et al. J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 110,533 (2009)). Although the spectral fitting technique was accurate in retrieving spectral line parameters, applying thetechnique at wider spectral ranges reduced this accuracy.