Recent Developments in Arc Emission Spectroscopy: Introductory Remarks

  • Ramon M. Barnes
Part of the Progress in Analytical Chemistry book series (PAC, volume 176)


This symposium on Recent Developments in Arc Emission Spectroscopy includes three papers describing three new developments in techniques and methodology of arc spectrochemistry. Why, in the first place, is a symposium on arc emission spectroscopy necessary? Figure 1 provides some idea of the reason. Plotted in the figure are the number of publications cited in spectrochemical analysis each year for the past 52 years. The curve on the left is taken from Meggers and Scribner’s Index to Literature on Spectrochemical Analysis between 1920 and 1955. The middle curve comes from 16 volumes of Spectrochemical Abstracts for the years 1933 through 1970. And the values to the right are from the annual reviews in Emission Spectrometry, published biennially in Analytical Chemistry covering the period 1946 through 1972. Although each source may provide a different absolute index, the trends are clearly apparent. Since 1920 a steady growth in the field of spectrochemical analysis, except for the time during World War II, has firmly established emission techniques as essential in modern analysis. Unfortunately, the active spectrochemist does not find time to read everything new appearing in the literature, and for that reason this symposium will focus his attention on three of the key developments in arc spectrochemistry in the recent past.


Glow Discharge Hollow Cathode Cathode Layer Hollow Cathode Discharge Spectrochemical Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramon M. Barnes
    • 1
  1. 1.Chemistry Dept.Univ. of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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