PDA - Photodiode Array Extension

Extension for 3D data analysis from Photodiode Array Detectors.

The PDA Extension is an optional Extension that is used for processing data that has been acquired from selected photo diode array detectors. Spectral data, together with chromatograms, add a third dimension to analytical data analysis. This extension expands the capability of Clarity by providing interactive spectral analysis, peak purity analysis and compound identification that is based on a spectral library search. PDA data can be displayed in a set of optional views including 3D rendering.

All data is saved in a single file; a chromatogram at any wavelength or even only a spectrum can simply be recalled for review after an analysis. UV-VIS spectra, acquired using a PDA detector, may be interactively selected from a chromatogram signal for visual inspection and comparison. The spectra may also be used for peak purity determinations, wavelength optimization and component identification through spectral libraries.

PDA Extension will add new features to the standard Clarity interface. Any Instrument within Clarity station can use the PDA Extension. The new PDA Method tab will be acessible from the Instrument window in the same way like all standard parts of the template method.
The Clarity PDA method includes an option for Spectral Library Search and Peak Purity analysis.
The PDA Window displays four views organized in splitters. Currently displayed in the example are: Isoplot, Chromatogram, Spectral, 3D Display The user can additionaly select also Peak Purity, Peak Purity Spectra, Library Spectra Search and Spectral Library.
The report setup selects which parts of the PDA results will be printed. The print formating is WYSIWYG - what you see on the screen (graphs, table formating etc. will be printed.
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Main features

PDA View

The PDA view is customizable; up to four views can be displayed at one time (Any combination from the following views may be selected: Isoplot, Chromatogram, Spectra, 3D Display, Peak Purity, Peak Purity Spectra, Library Spectra Search and Spectral Library). The user can easily extract chromatographic signals from PDA data to determine the optimal detection wavelength for each peak.

PDA Method The Clarity PDA method includes an option for Spectral Library Search and Peak Purity analysis..
Limit values These calculated values are compared to user-set limit values, either for each chromatogram separately or together for the selected series. Deviation of a certain parameter from the permissible limits is immediately reported and may lead to the termination of the sequence in progress.
Spectral Library The Clarity software compares the peak spectra with the spectra of an unlimited number of spectral libraries. Spectra stored in a Spectral Library include retention times and analysis parameters (optional). The Spectral Library Search can perform automatic identification of integrated/calibrated components (peaks). The library search may be constrained by the RT Window and by Wavelength Range. Either the Least Square, the Weighted Least Square or the Correlation Method is used for calculating library search matches. A Background Correction option is also available.
Peak Purity This analysis helps to discover hidden impurities. Peak Purity test is applied to all integrated/calibrated peaks in the active signal. Purity is calculated from 5 or all spectra within the peak. The similarity curve is displayed in the PDA window. Peak Purity analysis can be optimized by setting custom preferences relating to the purity threshold, wavelength restriction and absorbance threshold.
Import/Export Data Spectral data can be imported/exported in ASCII text formats to or from the Clarity software.
Reports Users can easily include PDA options such as data 3D Display, Isoplot, Spectra, Peak Purity and Library Search results in reports using the intuitive Report Setup Dialog.
Instrument Control Control modules for Agilent 1100 DAD and FLD, Sykam S3210/3240, Knauer PDA and many others are available. Additional control modules for other PDA detectors can be developed upon request.


  PDA Extension
Part Number (p/n) A29
Related products Clarity (p/n C50) - required
Clarity Offline (p/n C59)
LC Control (p/n A24) - see the list of available PDA detectors