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Journal of Automated Methods and Management in Chemistry
Volume 22, Issue 4, Pages 97-102

Performance characteristics of a low-cost, field-deployable miniature CCD spectrometer

Department of Environmental Sciences, Plymouth Environmental Research Centre, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Devon, Plymouth PL4 8AA, UK

Copyright © 2000 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Miniature spectrometers incorporating array detectors are becoming a viable, low-cost option for field and process deployments. The performance characteristics of one such instrument are reported and compared with those of a conventional benchtop instrument. The parameters investigated were wavelength repeatability, photometric linearity, instrumental noise (photometric precision) and instrumental drift.