Adaptive approach for variable noise suppression on laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy responses using stationary wavelet transform

J. Moros, J. Schlenke, L. Hildebrand, J.J. Laserna, Analytica Chimica Acta, 2012, 754, 8 – 19


Spectral signals are often corrupted by noise during their acquisition and transmission. Signal processing refers to a variety of operations that can be carried out on measurements in order to enhance the quality of information. In this sense, signal denoising is used to reduce noise distortions while keeping alterations of the important signal features to a minimum. The minimization of noise is a highly critical task since, in many cases, there is no prior knowledge of the signal or of the noise. In the context of denoising, wavelet transformation has become a valuable tool. The present paper proposes a noise reduction technique for suppressing noise in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) signals using wavelet transform. An extension of the Donoho’s scheme, which uses a redundant form of wavelet transformation and an adaptive threshold estimation method, is suggested. Capabilities and results achieved on denoising processes of artificial signals and actual spectroscopic data, both corrupted by noise with changing intensities, are presented. In order to better consolidate the gains so far achieved by the proposed strategy, a comparison with alternative approaches, as well as with traditional techniques, is also made.

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