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Abstract

This paper has been given as a lecture at the ISPRA COURSE on the Determination of Heavy Metals in Biological Fluids. It is therefore intended as a review of the potential capabilities of the spectroscopic techniques of emission, absorption and fluorescence in this particular field. The theoretical foundations of the spectroscopic techniques are first discussed and then a comparison is given in terms of sensitivity, analytical precision and applicability. Particular emphasis is reserved to the definition of detection limit based on the signal to noise ratio theory. Some recent developments such as the use of the Zeeman effect to correct for unspecific background absorption, the technique of wavelength modulation spectroscopy and the use of the plasmas and lasers as excitation sources in fluorescence are also illustrated.

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Authors: OMENETTO N JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY), JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY)
Bibliographic Reference: ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES FOR HEAVY METALS IN BIOLOGICAL FLUIDS 1983, PP. 155-169, PUBLISHED BY ELSEVIER SCIENCE PUBLISHERS, .V., AMSTERDAM (THE NETHERLANDS)
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