I recently acquired a 30 year old FTIR spectrometer which I intended to use for gas analysis. With no manuals or documentation available, rehabilitating it proved to be of dubious value. That's when I got the idea to develop an open source hardware/software package to drive the existing optical bench in the FTIR spectrometer to make it useful again. Once that is done, I will design and build a suitable optic bench for it, making a completely open source FTIR system for any and all to use.
This project will spawn many sub projects to make the things I need, all of which will be posted here.