calculating the instrument response

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Robin Leadbeater

Hi Peter,

The spectrum profiles you attached have   a problem with the wavelength calibration which the graphs you posted do not so I went back to your spectrum image and recalibrated that in wavelength first. I then calculated the instrument response and applied it to the raw spectrum to produce a final instrument response corrected spectrum. You can see below the raw spectrum (blue), the instrument response (orange) and the final result (green).

As a check I also compared the final result (green) with the reference spectrum (pink) which I filtered to match the resolution of the measured spectrum. You can see the good agreement in the shape of the continuum which confirms the instrument response is working correctly.

I have attached the steps I took to produce the final spectrum in the attached pdf.  I used Vspec as it is easier to see the individual steps but you can use any software package to produce the same result.

I hope you can follow this ok