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Guide

Atomic Spectroscopy, A Guide to Selecting the Appropriate Technique and System

Introduction

Atomic spectroscopy is a family of techniques for determining the elemental composition of an analyte by its electromagnetic or mass spectrum. Several analytical techniques are available:

  • Atomic absorption (AA): flame and graphite furnace
  • Inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES)
  • Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS)

And selecting the most appropriate one is the key to achieving accurate, reliable, real-world results.

This guide provides a basic overview of the most commonly used techniques and the information necessary to help you select the one that best suits your specific needs and applications.