After completing this unit the student will be able to:
- Compare and contrast the advantages of flame, furnace and inductively coupled plasma atomization sources.
- Justify why continuum radiation sources are usually not practical to use for atomic absorption spectroscopy.
- Describe the design of a hollow cathode lamp and justify the reasons for a hollow cathode configuration and low pressure of argon filler gas.
- Devise an instrumental procedure to account for flame noise in atomic absorption spectroscopy.
- Devise an instrumental procedure to account for molecular absorption and scatter from particulate matter in atomic absorption spectroscopy.
- Describe three possible strategies that can be used to overcome the problem of nonvolatile metal complexes.
- Devise a procedure to overcome excessive ionization of an analyte.
- Devise a procedure to account for matrix effects.