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Evaluation and Analysis of Attenuated Total Reflectance FT-IR Spectra Using Kramers-Kronig Transforms

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Two commonly used correction algorithms that were originally developed by Bertie and Dignam and their co-workers for quantitative analysis of ATR spectra are examined. It is shown that the Dignam theory is more suitable for strong ATR bands, whereas the Bertie algorithm is more applicable for weak bands. On the basis of analysis of possible deviation sources determined in the Bertie and Dignam theories, a new ATR algorithm is developed and analyzed. With this approach, the initial estimate of the absorption index spectrum is obtained by KK correlation of the intensity and the phase of the complex Fresnel reflection coefficient. An iterative process that minimizes the difference between the true and calculated reflectivity spectra while maintaining the KK relation between refractive and absorption indices is used in conjunction with the Maclaurin numerical KKT method. Such an approach appears to improve accuracies for both weak and strong ATR bands.

Keywords: New ATR algorithm; Quantitative numerical ATR analysis

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1366/0003702924926970

Affiliations: Department of Polymers and Coatings, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota 58105

Publication date: November 1, 1992

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