Maximum entropy deconvolution of infrared spectra: Use of a novel entropy expression without sign restriction

Víctor A. Lórenz-Fonfría, Esteve Padrós

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Absorbance and difference infrared spectra are often acquired aiming to characterize protein structure and structural changes of proteins upon ligand binding, as well as for many other chemical and biochemical studies. Their analysis requires as a first step the identification of the component bands (number, position, and area) and as a second step their assignment. The first step of the analysis is challenged by the habitually strong band overlap in infrared spectra. Therefore, it is useful to make use of a mathematical method able to narrow the component bands to the extent to eliminate, or at least reduce, the band overlap. Additionally, to be of general applicability this method should permit negative values for the solution. We present a maximum entropy deconvolution approach for the band-narrowing of absorbance and difference spectra showing the required characteristics, which uses the generalized negative Burg-entropy (Itakura-Saïto discrepancy) generalized for difference spectra. We present results on synthetic noisy absorbance and difference spectra, as well as on experimental infrared spectra from the membrane protein bacteriorbodopsin. © 2005 society for applied spectroscopy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474-486
JournalApplied Spectroscopy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • Band narrowing
  • Data processing
  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • Resolution enhancement
  • Spectral quantification


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