Types and Performance of Atomic Absorption Lamps

by | Mass Spectrometry, Spectroscopy

Looking to learn more about atomic absorption lamps? Separation Science, in collaboration with Agilent, offers a series of video tutorials to help you improve your skills in atomic absorption. In the first tutorial in the series, presenter Eric Vanclay does a deep dive into atomic absorption lamps. These ‘hollow cathode’ lamps are needed for each element under investigation. In the tutorial, Vanclay highlights the common types of AA lamps available and discusses the performance and lifetime of some specific lamps.

Key learning outcomes you can expect from this tutorial include:

  • Learn more about the different types of lamps used with atomic absorption instruments
  • Understand the performance and lifetime advantages of Agilent AA lamps
  • Address the common myths about operation and use of hollow cathode lamps
  • Learn how to prevent, identify, and troubleshoot common AA lamp issues

Run time: 20 minutes

There are four tutorials in the Atomic Absorption series, with the remaining modules covering improving performance; maintenance, consumables, and resources; and questions and answers.

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The Presenter


These tutorials are brought to you in collaboration with Agilent, and presented by Eric Vanclay. Eric joined Varian in 1988 and has worked in a number of roles including Atomic Absorption Product Specialist, Atomic Absorption Product Manager, Export Marketing Manager, European Field Sales/Applications Specialist (atomic spectroscopy), ICP-OES Product Manager, and MP-AES Product Manager. After the acquisition of Varian by Agilent, Eric took on the role of Spectroscopy Supplies Product Marketing Manager, with responsibility for field sales support, customer support, product development, and marketing of the spectroscopy supplies. He has over 30 years’ experience with all of the atomic spectroscopy techniques. He is based at Agilent’s Spectroscopy Technology Innovation Centre in Melbourne, Australia.


Other tutorials within our Spectroscopy Learning Hub cover ICP-MS and ICP-OES. Ready to explore?

Published  Apr 24, 2023

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