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Multielemental inorganic mass spectrometry is particularly valued for its high degree of elemental specificity and very low and relatively uniform detection limits. Its application has, however, always been restricted by the high cost of instruments, the high level of skill needed for operation and data interpretation and relatively low rate of sample throughput. The introduction of ICP-MS in commercial form in 1983 seemed to offer an answer to some of these limitations for rapid, routine spectrometry and gradually the technique has become established as potentially the most sensitive of laboratory multielemental methods. This presentation not only describes the theoretical basis of the technique but also illustrates the actual and potential uses in environmental applications.

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Authors: TRINCHERINI P R, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Determinazione di Inquinanti: Moderni Strumenti e Metodi Analitici, Milano (IT), March 1-2, 1990
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper IT 35276 ORA
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