Advance in the excitation source in glow discharge optical emission spectrometry

Kazuaki Wagatsuma

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A Grimm-style glow discharge is now an important excitation source in atomic emission spectrometry, especially for direct analysis of solid samples. Many studies have been conducted for enhancing the emission intensities from the source and thus improving the detection sensitivity in the analytical applications. This review introduces several improved Grimm-style excitation sources. The techniques employed in such sources include the modification of the source geometry, supplementary discharges caused by d.c. or microwave powers, and methods for controlling the glow discharge plasma. Improvement in the analytical performance is presented when they are compared with a conventional Grimm-style glow discharge source.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-179
Number of pages11
JournalTetsu-To-Hagane/Journal of the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Mar


  • Detection limit
  • Glow discharge plasma
  • Grimm-style lamp
  • Improved excitation source
  • Optical emission spectrometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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