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Title:IMPROVING SNR IN TIME-RESOLVED SPECTROSCOPIES WITHOUT SACRIFICING TEMPORAL-RESOLUTION: APPLICATION TO THE UV PHOTOLYSIS OF METHYL CYANOFORMATE
Author(s):Smith, Jonathan M.
Contributor(s):Dai, HAI-LUNG; Wilhelm, Michael J.
Subject(s):Instrument/Technique Demonstration
Abstract:begin{wrapfigure}{r}{0pt} includegraphics[scale=0.35]{fig.eps} end{wrapfigure} We demonstrate a new analysis for the enhancement of the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in time-resolved spectroscopies, termed spectral reconstruction analysis (SRA). As distinct from a simple linear average which produces only a {em{single}} representative spectrum with enhanced SNR, SRA produces a comparable enhancement, but fully preserves the measured time-dependence. Specifically, given a series of (n) time-resolved spectra, SRA yields an approximate {em{sqrt(n)}} SNR enhancement for each of the original n-spectra. SRA operates by eliminating noise in the temporal domain, thereby significantly attenuating noise in the spectral domain, as follows (see Figure): Temporal profiles of each measured frequency are fit to capture the representative temporal evolutions, then time-resolved spectra are reconstructed by replacing the measured profiles with the fit profiles. In addition to simulated control data sets, we demonstrate SRA with experimentally measured time-resolved IR emission spectra, collected following the 193 nm photolysis of methyl cyanoformate ($chem{CH_3OC(O)CN}$). Of significance, we now show the appearance of resonances assignable to hydrogen cyanide (HCN), which were previously obscured in the noise of the measured spectra. The presence of HCN suggests the occurrence of a previously uncharacterized dissociation channel, likely involving a cyclic 5-center transition state.
Issue Date:25-Jun-15
Publisher:International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy
Citation Info:ACS
Genre:CONFERENCE PAPER/PRESENTATION
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/79248
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-01-05


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