Interferences due to easily ionised elements in a microwave-induced plasma system with graphite-furnace sample introduction

J. P. Matousek, B. J. Orr, M. Selby*

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Abstract

Several aspects of both enhancement and suppression of the analyte emission intensity caused by an easily ionised element (EIE) have been studied in an atmospheric pressure He microwave-induced plasma (MIP). A sequence of experiments, designed to elucidate possible mechanisms of this EIE effect, examines the following aspects: the concentration dependence of the effect for various EIEs; spatially separated vaporisation of EIE and analyte into the plasma; the effect of operating parameters upon the EIE-induced enhancement; the influence of the EIE on the excitation temperature and on the efficiency of coupling of microwave energy to the cavity. The EIE-induced suppression of emission intensity is consistent with reduced power dissipation in the plasma, due to decoupling of the plasma from the microwave power source, whereas the EIE-induced enhancement of emission intensity is best explained by a radiative energy transfer mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-429
Number of pages15
JournalSpectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy
Volume41
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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