Fourier Transform Spectroscopy

Science  27 Oct 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4059, pp. 361-368
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4059.361


The recent introduction of Fourier transform methods is revolutionizing IR and NMR spectroscopy. The application of IR interferometry or of NMR pulse methods, followed by Fourier transformation of the resultant interferogram, permits acquisition of spectral data in a time that is orders of magnitude less than by conventional spectroscopic methods. This reduction in time permits the study of transient species, or by "time-averaging" procedures S/N may be improved without the expenditure of inordinate amounts of time. The FT methods finds especially important application in the study of NMR spectra of nuclei of low sensitivity and low abundance, such as 13C.