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  • Vol. 68, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1978
  • pp: 246–250

Line shifts due to blending

A. T. Young  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 68, Issue 2, pp. 246-250 (1978)

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The effective position of a strong line partially blended with a weaker one is found as a function of their separation for three different line profiles and two line-position criteria. Some practical examples illustrate the use of the results.

© 1978 Optical Society of America

A. T. Young, "Line shifts due to blending," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 246-250 (1978)

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  2. We may regard noise in the spectrum as equivalent to many random weak blending lines; hence, the peak is less affected by noise than the other criteria, if the noise is filtered to the same spectral resolution as the signal.
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  8. But note that a reduction in the HWHM to 0.08 cm-1 would give practically the same result for a Gaussian profile as 0.09 cm-1 gives for a Lorentzian.
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  14. An exact solution for two-component blends of unequal widths was published by J. B. Tatum15 ten years ago, but it is so unwieldy that it has never been used in practical cases.
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