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ICP spectrometry is widely accepted as a laboratory method of analysis in areas such as environmental research, geology, metallurgy and biochemistry as well as in the nuclear industry. It offers the unique advantage of allowing both major and trace elements to be determined simultaneously in the sample, without any further dilution. Nevertheless, plasma spectrometry has not become as popular as AAS, probably due to the higher investment and running costs involved. The majority of plasma spectrometers are fully dedicated to routine applications, where costs are lower and the simultaneous multi-element capability of the technique is the main factor of choice. An ICP-MS spectrometer has been operative at the Radiochemistry Division of the Environment Institute, JRC Ispra, for eighteen months for a broad range of applications, and a second instrument is planned. The fast evolution of research and industrial technology is pushing analytical requirements to ever higher sensitivity limits. These are now approached by new laser-based spectral methods such as fluorescence and resonance ionisation.

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Bibliographic Reference: ARTICLE: IPC INFORMATION NEWSLETTER, VOL. 15 (1989) NO. 2, PP. 89-90
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