The Relationship of Noise, Linear Dynamic Range, Optical Resolution, and Number Of Diodes on Resolution in Photodiode Array Detectors

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The application of photodiode array technology to absorbance detection combines the benefits of sensitivity and highly linear detection of chromatographic peaks. The collection of the absorbance spectra of eluted peaks provides an opportunity to detect co-elution as well as confirm the identity of eluted peaks based on library matching. The design of an absorbance detector for liquid chromatography requires a balancing of several factors:

  • Low noise
  • Wide linear dynamic range
  • Data rate

Spectral resolution for photodiode array based detectors

This white paper will discuss the relationship between noise, linear dynamic range and optical resolution. It will also consider the implications of the number of diodes used in the diode array to capture the spectral data.

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