1989 Volume 5 Issue 2 Pages 151-156
A recycling nebulization-sample introduction system which exhibits the long-term stability of analyte emission signals while consuming small sample volumes was constructed for inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry. The present system is composed of five main parts: i.e., a spherical cyclone spray chamber, two commercial concentric nebulizers, two 3-way stopcocks, an aerosol transport tube with heater, and a commercial concentric three-tube plasma torch. It is based on the spray chamber where the two nebulizers are mounted (twin-nebulizer configuration): one is for introduction of a sample or a rinse solution into the spray chamber, and the other one is for recycling nebulization of the solution introduced. The nebulizers are easily demountable symmetrically and horizontally outside the spray chamber. Analytical performance and nebulization characteristics are described in comparison with a conventional sample introduction system. A stable signal of analyte emission intensity was extended to 20min for 1ml of sample under the ordinary condition of 0.6l/min carrier gas flow rate.