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Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectroscopy is an analytical technique designed to detect and measure elements from chemical samples. As such, it has a range of applications and is especially important in the biomedical and pharmaceutical industry.
ICP spectroscopy is based on the ionization of a sample by plasma, typically generated through the ionization of argon gas by radio frequency energy. Commonly employed in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), these two instruments have a number of advantages over comparable technology used for trace element detection. Notably, they allow multiple elements to be measured simultaneously and possess a large analytical range, which outstrips the single element capabilities and limited analytic range of flame atomic absorption and flame atomic emission.
The vital role played by ICP spectroscopy in many industries