It is increasingly common in the modern laboratory to find that analysts identify 'the instrument' with the facilities provided by the software, rather than what actually lies within the box. This situation provides the background to the birth of this book.
Most importantly, both authors felt it was time to redress the omissions of the past and restore emission spectrometry to its proper place in the family of atomic spectroscopic techniques. Adopting a historical perspective facilitates introduction of the fundamental aspects of the emission instrumentation in a way which allows the reader a clear view of the key components, their relative importance, and the practical limitations they introduce.
The opportunity has also been taken to expand on areas of theory which are often omitted or abbreviated in other books. The authors hope that readers will find their historical approach to the subject both informative and interesting.
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