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Two excimer laser-pumped dye lasers are utilised to excite gold atoms in a graphite furnace to a high lying level, whose energy is about 1.5 eV lower than the ionisation potential of the atom. Collisional coupling populates several levels close to that reached by the second laser step, from which fluorescence is observed longitudinally with a pierced, plane mirror and detected with a solar blind photomultiplier. The lasers are tuned to 267.595 and 406.508 nm, respectively, while the fluorescence is measured around 200 nm. Several other excitation/detection schemes are possible and are discussed. A system in which the vapour produced in the furnace is swept into a small flame and the resulting fluorescence observed with the solar blind photomultiplier was also tested and found to be flame background noise limited, with a detection limit of 8 pg (0.4 ng/ml). The technique has been developed in order to determine trace levels of gold in size segregated, atmospheric particulate samples.

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Authors: PETRUCCI G A ET AL., JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy
Record Number: 199511144 / Last updated on: 1995-08-23
Original language: en
Available languages: en