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Superresolution and other mathematical techniques for quantitative analysis of infrared absorption and emission spectra of gases
Author(s): Nicholas M. Davies; Alan H. Lettington; Moira Hilton
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Paper Abstract

Fourier transform IR (FTIR) spectroscopy has become a powerful analytical tool for the detection and measurement of atmospheric pollutant gases. This work describes the application of concentration analysis techniques to data recorded with a versatile FTIR spectroscopy system, developed at the University of Reading PHysics Department. Spectra were recorded at three separate sites, each possessing a distinct source of atmospheric pollution gases. The two sites monitored in the active mode were a traffic congested town center at rush hour and a dairy farm cow shed. The site monitored passively contained three 5 m high methane burners. The analysis techniques have been designed to provide rapid and accurate analysis of the spectrometer data, without the need for high computing power, thus making analysis possible in the field using a laptop PC. In an attempt to enhance the resolution of the spectral data, and therefore resolve overlapping spectral lines, a super- resolution algorithm has been tested on part of the recorded data. The results of applying the algorithm has been tested on part of the recorded data. The results of applying the algorithm, predominantly an image processing technique, are shown and improvements to the algorithm are discussed. Results from the urban and agricultural sites show that CO, CH4, and NH3 can be measured to a ppm level with a maximum uncertainly of 8 percent.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3106, Spectroscopic Atmospheric Monitoring Techniques, (22 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.274724
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas M. Davies, Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom)
Alan H. Lettington, Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom)
Moira Hilton, Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3106:
Spectroscopic Atmospheric Monitoring Techniques
Klaus Schaefer, Editor(s)

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