Wavelength Selection for Simultaneous Spectroscopic Analysis. Experimental and Theoretical Study

Liang Xu, Israel Schechter*

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Simultaneous multicomponent analysis is usually carried out by multivariate calibration models (such as principal component regression) that utilize the full spectrum. We demonstrate, by both experimental and theoretical considerations, that better results can be obtained by a proper selection of the spectral range to be included in calculations. We develop the theory that models the analytical uncertainty in multicomponent analysis and show the conditions where wavelength selection is essential (for example, when considerable spectral overlapping exists). An error indicator function is developed to predict the analytical performance under given experimental conditions, using a certain spectral range. This function is applied for allocation of the most informative spectral ranges to be utilized in multicomponent analysis. Selection of spectral ranges by this method is shown to ensure optimal results that considerably improve analytical performance in some cases. The similarity between the results obtained by this function and actual experimental results prove the validity of the proposed error indicator for wavelength selection. In addition to the experimental examples, extensive computer simulations have been carried out in order to study the validity of the theory over a wide range of the relevant parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2392-2400
Number of pages9
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number14
StatePublished - 15 Jul 1996
Externally publishedYes


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