An inexpensive, multielement atomic absorption spectrometer utilizing a tungsten coil atomizer has been developed. The novel optical arrangement employs three 60° beam combiners to blend the spectral output from four light sources such as electrodeless discharge lamps, or hollow cathode lamps, and then direct that output over an atomizer. This instrument uses an inexpensive tungsten coil atomizer that is extracted from a standard 150 W projector bulb. The temperature of the coil is computer-controlled by changing the voltage across the coil. A low voltage is first used to dry the sample then a higher voltage is used to atomize the sample. Simultaneous detection of the analyte absorption signals is accomplished using a charge-coupled device. The elements of interest in this study were Cd, Pb, and Cu. Near-line background correction was used to correct for nonspecific analyte absorption.
A simple, low cost multi-element atomic absorption spectrometer with a tungsten coil atomizer