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A new double FFT-based filter to reduce the effect of 1/f noise spectrum in a tunable diode laser spectrometer (TDLS)
Author(s): Samira Mahdi; Youhua Chen; Gary Anderson
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Paper Abstract

A Tunable diode laser spectrometer (TDLS) system has been designed to scan the near-surface atmosphere for ammonia gas over a wide range of distances (10 m to 1 Km). Since the system is designed for space applications, it needs to be small, lightweight, and low power, which dictates the use of relatively low frequency measurement scans. The spectrometer uses a diode laser, which is subject to a large 1/f noise component at these low frequencies. In this work, digital signal processing techniques are used to maximize the measurement sensitivity of a low frequency TDLS system depending on Double Fast Fourier Transform (DFFT-BF) based- filter. Simulations of the 1/f noise spectrum and ammonia gas absorption peak were performed using a sinusoidal waveform to drive the diode laser. A DFFT-BF-BF method is proposed that reduces the average of the error in the gas readings to nearly 50 percent. Because, this method decreases the effect of 1/f noise while keeping the measurement signal relatively constant.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 2013
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8720, Photonic Applications for Aerospace, Commercial, and Harsh Environments IV, 87201D (31 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2020786
Show Author Affiliations
Samira Mahdi, Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock (United States)
Youhua Chen, PepsiCo Global R&D (United States)
Gary Anderson, Univ. of Arkansas at Little Rock (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8720:
Photonic Applications for Aerospace, Commercial, and Harsh Environments IV
Alex A. Kazemi; Bernard C. Kress; Simon Thibault, Editor(s)

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