# Calculate FTIR-system response functions from measurements of a calibrated black body

I need to find the response of my FTIR spectrometer. I do have a calibrated black-body source (area-emitter) which I measured at various temperatures.

The system operates in inverse cm, cm-1. My approach so far was the following:

• 1) Measure spectra at temperatures $$T_i$$
• 2) Scale the spectra i.e.

• the x-axis $$x_{in~um} = 1e4/x_{in~cm-1}$$
• the y-axis, $$y_{in~um} = y_{in~cm-1}/x_{in~cm}^2$$ to account for the dispersion relation between measured energy spacing and desired wavelength spectrum. At this point an example for scaled measurement (blue) and theoretical blackbody (orange) at the same nominal temperature looks like this (CO2 and H2O lines are at the correct positions): • 3) calculate the response function $$R=I_{BB}(T_i)/y(T_i)$$ (I think, here in a first approach I assume that the background radiation does not contribute significantly. I would have expected similar response functions for the different temperatures; however what I get looks like: The "response function" drifts with temperature. I am unsure now if I have a misconception in the defintion of the response function, or if I picked up an artefact. I hope someone with more experience can help me out?

• How have you calibrated the transmission function of the spectrometer system itself? Is it constant with temperature? A reference to a comparable approach is in this publication Nov 23 '19 at 21:29