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Application of a zirconium fluoride fiber optic diffuse reflectance probe for the remote identification of solids
Author(s): Nathan C. Chaffin; Ian R. Lewis; Peter R. Griffiths
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Paper Abstract

A novel fiber optic-based probe for the identification of pure and contaminated solids has been developed. Ultimately, this probe is to be used to characterize the make-up and degree of contamination of hazardous waste sites as a preliminary step in the clean-up process. The transmission range of zirconium fluoride fibers allows for the measurement of fundamental stretching frequencies in the mid-infrared (MIR) region as well as overtone and combination bands in the near-infrared (NIR) region. This provides a substantial increase of the measurable concentration range of this MIR/NIR system with respect to systems which can measure only MIR or NIR information. The spectra of samples measured using this fiber optic system is compared to spectra measured in a standard in-compartment diffuse reflectance accessory. The spectra are evaluated in terms of signal-to-noise, measurement time, and detection limits.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 1995
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 2574, Pacific Northwest Fiber Optic Sensor Workshop, (20 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207748
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Nathan C. Chaffin, Univ. of Idaho (United States)
Ian R. Lewis, Univ. of Idaho (United States)
Peter R. Griffiths, Univ. of Idaho (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2574:
Pacific Northwest Fiber Optic Sensor Workshop
Eric Udd, Editor(s)

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