Abstract

Diffuse reflection (DR) Fourier transform near infrared spectra of a powdered mixture of Er2O3, Dy2O3, Ho2O3 and talc were measured at a constant resolution of at least 2 cm−1 on four different combinations of spectrometers and sampling accessories. The wavenumber scale of each of these spectra was corrected with lines in the vibration–rotation spectrum of water vapour so that the accuracy was better than 0.02 cm−1. DR spectra of the powdered sample were then calculated at constant-wavelength resolution to simulate spectra that would have been measured on a grating monochromator. The precision and accuracy of the bands in the spectrum of this sample were then estimated. It is believed that the accuracy of the reported positions of the bands in the spectrum of this putative wavelength standard is about ten times better than the corresponding values in the DR spectrum of a mixture of Er2O3, Dy2O3 and Ho2O3 that had previously been reported by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology.

© 2003 NIR Publications

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