Considerations in building a low-noise reflection absorption infrared spectrometer

Jay Burton Benziger, Richard E. Preston, Gregory R. Schoofs

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The design and performance of several dispersive spectrometers for reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy are presented. Sources of noise and their control are discussed in detail. Individual component selection for the spectrometers is discussed with particular attention paid to optimizing sensitivity for surface measurements. These efforts culminated in an ellipsometric spectrometer with a sensitivity of <0.01% absorption and capable of following transients with a temporal resolution of 10 ms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-350
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 15 1987

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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