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The Scope Of Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR)
Author(s): T. Hirschfeld
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Paper Abstract

Three auarters of a century after its inception, a generation after its advantages were recognized, and a decade after its first commercialization, FT-IR dominates the growth of the IR market, and reigns alone over its high performance end. What lies ahead for FT-IR now? On one hand, the boundary between it and the classical scanning spectrometers is becoming fuzzy, as gratings attempt to use as much of FT-IR's computer technology as they can handle, and smaller FT systems invade the medium cost instrument range. On the other hand, technology advances in IR detectors, non-Fourier interference devices, and the often announced tunable laser are at long last getting set to make serious inroads in the field (although not necessarily in the manner most of us expected). However, the dominance of FT-IR as the leading edge of IR spectroscopy seems assured for a good many years. The evolution of FT-IR will be dominated by demands not yet fully satisfied such as rapid sample turnover, better quantitation, automated interpretation, higher GC-IR sensitivity, improved LC-IR, and, above all else, reliability and ease of use. These developments will be based on multiple small advances in hardware, large advances in the way systems are put together, and the traditional yearly revolutionary advances of the computer industry. The big question in the field will, however, still be whether our ambition and our skill can continue to keep up with the advances of our tools. It will be fun.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 October 1981
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 0289, 1981 Intl Conf on Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, (29 October 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932200
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T. Hirschfeld, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0289:
1981 Intl Conf on Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
Hajime Sakai, Editor(s)

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