Journal of Analytical Chemistry

, Volume 60, Issue 4, pp 382–392

Fifty years of atomic absorption spectrometry

  • B. V. L’vov
History of Analytical Chemistry

DOI: 10.1007/s10809-005-0103-0

Cite this article as:
L’vov, B.V. J Anal Chem (2005) 60: 382. doi:10.1007/s10809-005-0103-0


The history of atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) for the 50 years since the publication of the fundamental paper by Alan Walsh “The application of atomic absorption spectra to chemical analysis” is presented. The main steps in the development of flame and electrothermal AAS, from the original idea to its introduction as a well-known method of instrumental analysis, are followed. The current status of AAS and the possible directions of its further development are considered.

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© MAIK “Nauka/Interperiodica” 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. V. L’vov
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Petersburg State Polytecnhical UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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