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This paper provides a brief historical look at the development of mass spectrometry and takes a look at its development since it was first begun. It charts relative findings through its historical approach and goes on to address ICP-MS analysis of today.

The history of mass spectrometry can be considered to have begun at the Friday evening meeting of the Royal Institution, April 30th, 1897 when J.J. Thompson reported the m/z ratio of an electron.

Additionally, the following chapters give an overview about the development in ICP-MS during the last 7 years and highlights the main fields of applications. The data for the year 2000 are estimated values, calculated from the development during the period 08/1999 to 08/2000.

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Authors: PROHASKA ET AL, JRC- Istitute for Reference Materials and Measurements, IM Unit (BE);STINGEDER G, University of Agricultural Science, Vienna (AT);LATKOCZY C, LITER, Norfolk (US)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: the 7th International Conference on Plasma Source Mass Spectrometry Organized by: the Department of Geological Sciences. Held at: University of Durham. England. 10-15 September.
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