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Hydrodynamic Flow Patterns as a Simple Aid to Effective Inductively Coupled Plasma Torch Design

Volume 33, Number 6 (Dec. 1979) Page 643-646

Sexton, Earl; Savage, Richard N.; Hieftje, Gary M.


In the past 5 years interest has soared in the inductively coupled plasma (ICP) as an excitation source for optical emission spectrochemical analysis. As a result, the ICP has rapidly made the transition from research laboratory to industrial application facility and the number of ICP users has grown correspondingly. This report describes a simple yet effective technique to aid users in constructing, modifying, and repairing the most important component in their ICP system—the plasma torch.