Noise Reduction Using Fourier Analysis in Microsoft Excel : Improvement of the Signal-to-Noise Ratio in Flow Injection Analysis
Shichijo, Maria Tokushima University
Tanaka, Hideji Tokushima University Tokushima University Educator and Researcher Directory KAKEN Search Researchers
fast Fourier transform
In flow injection analysis (FIA), the baseline noise of the detection signal is an important parameter that determines the detection sensitivity. In this study, we applied the Fourier analysis/inverse Fourier analysis of Microsoft Excel to the detection signal of FIA to decrease the noise signal. The Fourier analysis of the detection signal for a sample of 0.06 mg L−1 NO2− showed many frequency components with amplitudes less than 0.04 mV. After removing these frequency components, inverse Fourier analysis was applied, and a smooth detection signal was obtained. Even with a sample of 2.50 mg L−1 NO2−, the noise signals were successfully removed using the Fourier/inverse Fourier analysis. The signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) of NO2− was improved by ca. 15 times. We concluded that removing noise signals by Fourier analysis effectively improves the S/N of FIA.
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