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The optimal division between sample and background measurement time for photon counting experiments

@article{Pauw2012TheOD,
  title={The optimal division between sample and background measurement time for photon counting experiments},
  author={B. Pauw and S. Tardif},
  journal={arXiv: Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability},
  year={2012}
}
  • B. Pauw, S. Tardif
  • Published 2012
  • Mathematics, Physics
  • arXiv: Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability
Usually, equal time is given to measuring the background and the sample, or even a longer background measurement is taken as it has so few counts. While this seems the right thing to do, the relative error after background subtraction improves when more time is spent counting the measurement with the highest amount of scattering. As the available measurement time is always limited, a good division must be found between measuring the background and sample, so that the uncertainty of the… Expand
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