FTIR spectroscopy of the atmosphere Part 2. Applications

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The basic principles and methods of FTIR spectroscopy of the atmosphere were summarized in our previous paper (1). Thanks to the continuous technical development of FTIR spectroscopy (increasing throughput, dynamic alignment, more sensitive detectors, brighter sources, increasing scanning speed, development of focal plane array detectors, flexible spectral manipulations and data handling, etc.) in the last decade, this method has offered a great number of unique applications. In this review article, attempt to summarize the results of the most significant and frequent applications of FTIR spectroscopy to the study of the atmosphere. The possibilities of techniques applied in this field, the extractive and open path measurement methods, and the in situ it absorption measurements such as remote sensing using the sun, the sky, or natural hot objects as it sources of radiation are discussed. We have made a special focus to FTIR emission spectroscopy, the so-called passive technique, since there are a number of originally hot gaseous samples such as volcanic plumes, automobile gases, stack gas plumes, or flames. Most of the subjects discussed in this article can be closely related to environmental analysis of the atmosphere. There is a wide range of atmospheric environmental applications of FTIR spectroscopy; therefore, we have focused our attention in the second part of the article on applications of FTIR spectroscopy in the atmosphere (troposphere) and stratosphere. We have summarized the basic literature in the field of special environmental applications of FTIR spectroscopy, such as power plants, petrochemical and natural gas plants, waste disposals, agricultural, and industrial sites, and the detection of gases produced in flames, in biomass burning, and in flares.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-390
Number of pages64
JournalApplied Spectroscopy Reviews
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2005


  • Atmosphere
  • Environmental FTIR
  • FTIR spectroscopy
  • Gas analysis
  • Hot plumes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Spectroscopy

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