Generalized Implementation of Rapid-Scan Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopic Imaging
Abstract:We describe a novel, generalized data acquisition sequence to allow rapid-scan Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopic imaging using focal plane array (FPA) detectors. This technique derives its applicability from the reproducible performance of modern FT-IR instrumentation and the availability of FPAs with simultaneous, full array acquisition, or snapshot electronics. Instead of sampling the entire interferogram in one mirror sweep over a predetermined retardation, as in traditional continuous-scanning techniques, the modulated light from the interferometer is recorded over several mirror sweeps. The FPA detector is synchronized for data acquisition after a specified delay with respect to the initiation of the mirror motion to provide a highly under-sampled interferogram. By incorporating appropriate delays in subsequent interferometer mirror scans, the entire interferogram is sampled and reconstructed. The signal-to-noise ratios (SNR) of the resulting interferograms are analyzed and are compared with step-scan spectroscopic imaging data.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: August 1, 2002
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