Patel, C. K. N. Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey.
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- Methods of measuring absorption
- Condensed-phase spectroscopy
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A technique for measuring small absorption coefficients in gaseous and condensed media, involving the sensing of optical absorption by detection of sound. It is frequently called optoacoustic spectroscopy. Although the technique dates back to 1880 when A. G. Bell used chopped sunlight as the source of radiation, it remained dormant for many years, primarily because of the lack of suitable powerful sources of tunable radiation. However, the usefulness of optoacoustic detection for spectroscopic applications was recognized early in its development, and pollution monitoring instruments (called spectrophones) dedicated for detection of specific gaseous constituents have been used intermittently since Bell's work.
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