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Title: Estimation of chemical information in scattering media using radiative transfer theory to remove multiple scattering effects
Authors: Steponavicius, Raimundas
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Newcastle University
Abstract: Two approaches for removing multiple light scattering effects using the radiative transfer theory in order to improve the performance of multivariate calibration models have been proposed namely: partial correction of multiple scattering effects and full correction of multiple scattering effects. The first approach is applicable for predicting the concentration of a scattering-absorbing (particulate) component as well as the concentration of an absorbing only species. The second approach is applicable only for estimation of the concentration of an absorbing only species. Application of the first approach to a simulated four component system showed that it will lead to calibration models which perform appreciably better than when empirically scatter corrected measurements of total transmittance or total reflectance are used. The validity of the method was tested experimentally using a two-component (polystyrene-water) and a fourcomponent (polystyrene - ethanol - water - deuterated water) system. The proposed methodology of partial correction showed significantly better performance than the empirically pre-processed direct measurements (total transmittance, total reflectance and collimated transmittance) in all experiments. The results of applying the full correction approach showed that despite all errors the performance of PLS calibration model built on the corrected bulk absorption coefficient was marginally better than the performance of PLS model built on uncorrected bulk absorption coefficient. Finally, the benchmarking analysis revealed that there is still a significant potential for an improvement in the prediction performance in the quantitative analysis of turbid samples.
Description: PhD Thesis
Appears in Collections:School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

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