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Applied Spectroscopy


  • Vol. 29, Iss. 3 — May. 1, 1975
  • pp: 244–255

A Miniature, Low Energy Spark Discharge System for Emission Spectrochemical Analysis of Solutions

J. Zynger and S. R. Crouch

Applied Spectroscopy, Vol. 29, Issue 3, pp. 244-255 (1975)

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A miniature spark discharge system is described for solution analysis by emission spectroscopy. Samples are introduced as dry particles formed by nebulization into a heated desolvation chamber. The spark is formed by the discharge of a coaxial capacitor through a stream of argon which transports the desolvated aerosol. A photoelectric, time-resolved detection system for mechanistic studies and analytical applications is described. The detection system consists of a synchronous integrator controlled by a digital timing and sequencing system. The time-resolved spectral characteristics of the source are discussed, and time resolution is shown to provide enhanced sensitivity. Analytical results are reported for a variety of elements.

J. Zynger and S. R. Crouch, "A Miniature, Low Energy Spark Discharge System for Emission Spectrochemical Analysis of Solutions," Appl. Spectrosc. 29, 244-255 (1975)

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