Flame Atomization

Flame atomic absorption spectroscopy is a classical method that was initially developed using a Laminar flow burner.  An image of the burner can be seen below.  The analyte mist produced from a nebulizer is mixed with the fuel (gas) and oxidant (air or nitrous oxide) and is then introduced into the burner head.  The advantages to the Laminar flow burner are that it is cheap, simple, relatively stable and can operate at lower temperatures.

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