Abstract

An account is given of the history of the development of high temperature flames for the atomic absorption measurement of metals forming refractory oxides. The principles governing the design of premix burners for such flames, and the relative merits of different types of nebulizer burner systems are described. After a brief account of the structure and emission characteristics of the premixed oxygen–acetylene and nitrous oxide–acetylene flames, the scope and limitations of the latter flame in chemical analysis are discussed.

© 1968 Optical Society of America

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