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The layout of an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) excitation unit in a hot cell is described. The system has been built to process highly radioactive samples by an analytical technique based on emission spectroscopy after plasma excitation. Many years of experience with an alpha tight glove box had provided the basis for the system to be set up. The assembly of the components used, including the torch, nebulizer, and high-frequency coil with an impedance unit, is described in detail. The criteria for selection of the components were their ease of handling and ruggedness. These are properties that should not be underestimated, considering the aggravated conditions of work connected with remote handling.
inductively coupled plasma, plasma spectroscopy, enclosed plasma excitation source, ICP excitation unit, hot cell, radioactive sample analysis
Head, Institute for Radiochemistry, Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center, Karlsruhe,
Engineer and scientific staff member, Institute for Radiochemistry, Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center, Karlsruhe,
Chemist, Institute for Radiochemistry, Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center, Karlsruhe,