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Infrared Microspectroscopy Using Prism-Based Spectrographs and Focal Plane Array Detection

Volume 66, Number 3 (March 2011) Page 304-311

ADAM LANZAROTTA, CURTIS MARCOTT, GLORIA M. STORY, ANTHONY E. DOWREY, and ANDRÉ J. SOMMER*


Several prism-based spectrographs employing a mercury cadmium telluride (MCT) focal plane array detector have been interfaced to an infrared microscope. In the combined system, the area-defining aperture of the microscope also served as the entrance slit to the spectrograph. This investigation considered the fundamental limits of diffraction for both the spectrograph and microscope in order to determine both the spatial and spectral resolution of the system as a whole. Experimental results for spectral resolution, spectral range, and peak-to-peak noise have been presented. Finally, the dynamic capabilities of one spectrograph/microscope combination were investigated.

Index Headings: Infrared microspectroscopy; Infrared spectrographs; Array detection.