The following are points to note when performing single beam measurements.
1. Baseline (blank) measurement
Fig. 23 Single-beam measurement procedure
2. Warm up
In a single-beam spectrophotometer, the baseline fluctuates significantly immediately after the power is turned on. It is necessary to allow sufficient warm-up time until the heat from the light source spreads uniformly throughout the apparatus.
3. Time-course measurements
A single-beam spectrophotometer is not suitable for measuring changes in absorbance with time and temperature.
4. Fixed-wavelength measurement
The fixed wavelength measurement mode is available with any spectrophotometer and is a simple process. However, it is difficult to notice unexpected artifacts such as baseline floatation, changes in absorbance due to solvents, and changes in absorbance due to impurities. If you think something is wrong, check the spectrum (Fig. 24).
Fig. 24 Baseline “floatation” during measurement of turbid sample