Faculty Advisor

Quimby, Richard S.

Abstract

Today, Fourier transform spectroscopy has cemented itself as a widespread method of spectral collection and analysis. However, comprehending the fundamentals of the technique is often a daunting challenge. To provide a simple and efficient means of learning FTS, we set out to create a student module founded on first-hand experimentalism. Various light sources were implemented to generate data for our mathematical computations. Thorough testing revealed that some of the equipment we used was defective, preventing implementation of the Fourier transform. As a result of this, the goal was refocused more on teaching students the fundamental principles of interferometry without the focus on the Fourier transform method.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2019

Major

Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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