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Elemental analysis of solids using laser-sampling inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry
Author(s): James W. Hager
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Paper Abstract

The coupling of laser ablative sampling with inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) has resulted in a very sensitive technique for rapid elemental analysis of virtually any solid material. ICP-MS is characterized by simple mass spectra, excellent detection limits, and the availability of isotope information. In laser sampling ICP-MS, the output of a pulsed Nd:YAG laser is focused onto the surface of a solid sample, and the resulting vaporized material is transported to the ICP-MS, which serves as the detector. Sample materials that have been investigated include ceramics, archaeological artifacts, and geological powders. Results for these and other "difficult" samples will be presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1990
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1318, Optical Spectroscopic Instrumentation and Techniques for the 1990s: Applications in Astronomy, Chemistry, and Physics, (1 December 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.22110
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James W. Hager, SCIEX (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1318:
Optical Spectroscopic Instrumentation and Techniques for the 1990s: Applications in Astronomy, Chemistry, and Physics
Bernard J. McNamara; Jeremy M. Lerner, Editor(s)

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