ASTM-E2729 Standard Practice for Rectification of Spectrophotometric Bandpass Differences

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Standard Practice for Rectification of Spectrophotometric Bandpass Differences



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1.1 This standard outlines the methods that can be used to deconvolve, at least partially, the spectral bandpass differences of raw spectral data acquired by abridged spectrophotometry. Such differences are introduced because the spectral passband must be of significant bandwidth to allow sufficient energy to reach the detector. On the other hand, the spectral data that should be being reported is that of a virtual 1-nm bandwidth spectrum in order to be useful in the CIE method of tristimulus integration which involves 1-nm summation.

1.2 The standard establishes practices for whether, when, and how a bandpass rectification should be made to any reflectance or transmittance spectrum acquired by abridged spectrophotometry.

1.3 It is applicable where the shape of the passband is triangular and the bandwidth is equal to the measurement interval between passbands. Information is provided in Section 7 for users when that condition is not satisfactorily met.

1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

Significance and Use

Failure to make such a rectification introduces differences from the true value of the spectrum of about 0.02 to 0.4 ΔE*ab units. All users are required to make a rectification of such bandpass differences. It is especially incumbent upon writers of computer programs whose function it is to acquire such spectra from instruments to see that a competent rectification is implemented in the program before any additional processing of the spectrum, or calculations involving the spectrum are accomplished, or before the spectrum is made available to a user.

Legacy measuring systems are explicitly exempted from any requirements for retrofitting of hardware or software and may continue to utilize previously accepted methods of making the bandwidth rectification.


bandpass rectification; spectral deconvolution; ICS Number Code 71.040.50 (Physicochemical methods of analysis)

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July 1, 2021

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