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Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (AES)

This module provides an introduction to Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (AES). AES is a broad area that includes several analytical chemistry techniques focused on elemental analysis, the identification, quantification, and (sometimes) speciation of the elemental makeup of a sample. AES can be an extremely useful tool and is utilized in academic and industrial settings within biological and chemical sciences. It is mainly used in quantitative analysis, but can be used in qualitative work as well.


  • Alex Scheeline (University of Illinois), Tom Spudich (United States Military Academy)