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Portable open-path optical remote sensing (ORS) Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) instrumentation miniaturization and software for point and click real-time analysis
Author(s): Peter G. Zemek; Steven V. Plowman
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Paper Abstract

Advances in hardware have miniaturized the emissions spectrometer and associated optics, rendering them easily deployed in the field. Such systems are also suitable for vehicle mounting, and can provide high quality data and concentration information in minutes. Advances in software have accompanied this hardware evolution, enabling the development of portable point-and-click OP-FTIR systems that weigh less than 16 lbs. These systems are ideal for first-responders, military, law enforcement, forensics, and screening applications using optical remote sensing (ORS) methodologies. With canned methods and interchangeable detectors, the new generation of OP-FTIR technology is coupled to the latest forward reference-type model software to provide point-and-click technology. These software models have been established for some time. However, refined user-friendly models that use active, passive, and solar occultation methodologies now allow the user to quickly field-screen and quantify plumes, fence-lines, and combustion incident scenarios in high-temporal-resolution. Synthetic background generation is now redundant as the models use highly accurate instrument line shape (ILS) convolutions and several other parameters, in conjunction with radiative transfer model databases to model a single calibration spectrum to collected sample spectra. Data retrievals are performed directly on single beam spectra using non-linear classical least squares (NLCLS). Typically, the Hitran line database is used to generate the initial calibration spectrum contained within the software.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7680, Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies III, 76800Q (27 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.845995
Show Author Affiliations
Peter G. Zemek, MIDAC Corp. (United States)
Steven V. Plowman, MIDAC Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7680:
Next-Generation Spectroscopic Technologies III
Mark A. Druy; Christopher D. Brown; Richard A. Crocombe, Editor(s)

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