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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1988
  • pp: 151–162

JCAMP-DX: A Standard Form for Exchange of Infrared Spectra in Computer Readable Form

Robert S. McDonald and Paul A. Wilks

Applied Spectroscopy, Vol. 42, Issue 1, pp. 151-162 (1988)

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JCAMP-DX is a standard file form for exchange of infrared spectra and related chemical and physical information between spectrometer data systems of different manufacture, main-frame time-sharing systems, general purpose lab computers, and personal computers. It is compatible with all media: telephone, magnetic and optical disk, magnetic tape, and even the printed page (via optical reader).  All data are stored as labeled fields of variable length using printable ASCII characters. A JCAMP-DX spectrum is a text file which can be viewed, corrected, and annotated with a text editor. The present focus is on infrared spectra, but JCAMP-DX can easily accommodate Raman, UV, NMR, mass, and other types of spectra, x-ray powder patterns, chromatograms, thermograms, and other plots which require the capability of representing contours as well as peak position and intensity. JCAMP-DX also provides for combining adequate information about the sample and method of observation with its spectrum.

Robert S. McDonald and Paul A. Wilks, "JCAMP-DX: A Standard Form for Exchange of Infrared Spectra in Computer Readable Form," Appl. Spectrosc. 42, 151-162 (1988)

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