An IBMPC compatible computer was interfaced to an Ithaco 3962 lock-in-amplifier. The computer controlled the functions of the lock-in-amplifier, acquired and stored data, and allowed for real time or off-line processing of data. Computer/amplifier connection was made via RS-232-C serial interface. Programmed in Microsoft Quick BASIC, the computer assumed the role of a dedicated chromatographic integrator. This reduced the overall instrumentation expense by eliminating a dedicated chromatographic integrator. The computer program supplied much greater flexibility in control and data interpretation. To show its utility, the program was applied to a study of the infrared emission from a flame upon the introduction of hydrogen or carbon species, respectively, in the gaseous form and as contained in organic compounds. Emission was monitored at 2.7 and 4.3 /μm by an infrared radiometer.
Hudson, M. Keith; Hood, William G.; and Henson, Robert
"Data Acquisition and Control Program for Chromatographic and Spectroscopic Studies,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 44
, Article 19.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol44/iss1/19