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Allan Variance Characterization of Compact Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometers



Handheld Fourier transform infrared (FT/IR) spectrometers are very promising candidates for several applications where accurate real/time material detection and quantification are needed. Due to their compact size, their mode of operation which does not allow for long warm/up time, and changing environmental conditions, these spectrometers suffer from short/term noise and long/term instabilities which affect their performance. In this work, the effect of long/term multiplicative instabilities on the signal/to/noise ratio (S/N), measured using the 100% line/method, is studied. An expression for the variance, in this case, is deduced. The Allan variance technique is used to identify and quantify the presence of the different types of noises. The methodology is applied to a commercial NeoSpectra scanner module from Si/Ware Systems, Inc.

Published in: 
Research Gate
Date of Publication: 
May 1, 2023
George Albert Adib /Yasser Mohammed Sabry /Diaa Khalil
Ain Shams University
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