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Ideal FT-IR Spectrometers and the Efficiency of Real Instruments

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Photon shot noise is the ultimate limit on SNR measurements of optical information. It thus represents the ultimate limit as well for an ideal FT-IR spectrometer. Calculation of this limiting performance is useful in evaluation of the performance of existing real instruments.

Keywords: FT-IR; Instrumentation, infrared; Photon shot noise

Document Type: Short Communication

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1366/0003702864507747

Affiliations: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California 94550

Publication date: November 1, 1986

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