The Fundamentals of Trace Analysis Using Resonant Ionization Mass Spectroscopy

  • K. W. D. Ledingham
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 54)


Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy (RIS) is a technology which was developed during the seventies, principally by Letokhov and his colleagues in Moscow and Hurst and Payne and co-workers2 at Oak Ridge in the USA. Early on it was recognized that RIS was a very sensitive technique which could detect down to the single atom level3. However it took several more years — until the early eighties — before the methodology was sufficiently developed that the ultra sensitive analytic technique of Resonance Ionization Mass Spectroscopy evolved (RIMS)4–7.


Neutral Atom Resonant Ionization Ionization Scheme Resonance Ionization Spectroscopy Magnetic Sector Mass Spectrometer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. W. D. Ledingham
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowScotland

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