Abstract

The apparatus, which is capable of computing the convolution integrals of electrically programmed functions and graphical data in the form of recorder traces, is described. The recorder trace is scanned by means of an optical scanner involving a multielement photodiode array. The signals from the scan head, which correspond to trace positions on the chart, are processed with analog circuits so arranged that the weighted moving average is accomplished. The over-all accuracy of the system, including the long-term drift of analog computing electronics, is better than 0.5%. To demonstrate the performance, spectroscopic data provided with conventional ir spectrophotometers are processed. This simple processor can also be utilized as a function generator or an instrument simulator.

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