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FTIR spectrometer with solid-state drive system

United States Patent

November 30, 1999
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An FTIR spectrometer (10) and method using a solid-state drive system with thermally responsive members (27) that are subject to expansion upon heating and to contraction upon cooling. Such members (27) are assembled in the device (10) so as to move an angled, reflective surface (22) a small distance. The sample light beam (13) is received at a detector (24) along with a reference light beam (13) and there it is combined into a resulting signal. This allows the "interference" between the two beams to occur for spectral analysis by a processor (29).
Rajic; Slobodan (Knoxville, TN), Seals; Roland D. (Oak Ridge, TN), Egert; Charles M. (Oak Ridge, TN)
Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation (Oak Ridge, TN)
08/ 923,204
September 4, 1997
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-840R21400 awarded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.