The use of atomic mass spectrometry has grown enormously during the past two decades. Compared with most optical methods, atomic mass spectrometry offers lower detection limits (ppt to ppq) and broad elemental coverage, with the additional capabilities of providing isotopic abundance
information and internal standardization through isotope dilution. The growth in the use of atomic mass spectrometry is directly related to the development of reliable instrumentation—primarily commercial instruments for inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), glow discharge
mass spectrometry (GD-MS), laser sampling mass spectrometry, and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS).
Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1, Canada
Publication date: November 1, 1994
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