Accession Number : ADA138144

Title :   Mini, Micro, and High-Efficiency Torches for the ICP (Inductively-Coupled Plasma) - Toys or Tools?

Descriptive Note : Interim technical rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Hieftje,G M

PDF Url : ADA138144

Report Date : 10 Feb 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : Because the inductively-coupled plasma (ICP) is expensive both to purchase and to continue in operation, many workers have sought to reduce both the radiofrequency power and coolant argon ordinarily required to sustain the discharge. In one approach, the ICP has been reduced in size, in the hope that its analytical strengths could be retained but the power and argon required for it reduced. In the second approach, the torch used to support the discharge has been modified extensively. The final and most recent approach utilizes alternative torch cooling schemes using, for example, water of high air flows as a coolant. In this paper, these alternative approaches will be reviewed and assessed in terms of their practicability and analytical capability. Prospects for future torch modifications and low-flow, low-power ICP instrumentation will be considered and discussed. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Torches, *Plasmas(Physics), Inductance, Coupling(Interaction), Energy conservation, Radiofrequency power, Argon, Coolants, Reduction, Water flow, Air flow, Sizes(Dimensions), Boron nitrides, Emission spectroscopy

Subject Categories : Machinery and Tools
      Plasma Physics and Magnetohydrodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE