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Method and apparatus for improving resolution in spectrometers processing output steps from non-ideal signal sources

United States Patent

June 20, 2006
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A method and apparatus for processing step-like output signals (primary signals) generated by non-ideal, for example, nominally single-pole ("N-1P ") devices. An exemplary method includes creating a set of secondary signals by directing the primary signal along a plurality of signal paths to a signal summation point, summing the secondary signals reaching the signal summation point after propagating along the signal paths to provide a summed signal, performing a filtering or delaying operation in at least one of said signal paths so that the secondary signals reaching said summing point have a defined time correlation with respect to one another, applying a set of weighting coefficients to the secondary signals propagating along said signal paths, and performing a capturing operation after any filtering or delaying operations so as to provide a weighted signal sum value as a measure of the integrated area Q.sub.gT of the input signal.
Warburton; William K. (Menlo Park, CA), Momayezi; Michael (Oakland, CA)
Warburton; William K. (Menlo Park, CA)
10/ 690,470
October 20, 2003
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT The U.S. Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-FG03-97ER82510 awarded by the Department of Energy.