November 2011:- Agilent Technologies Inc. introduced the 4100 Microwave Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometer, a breakthrough elemental analysis instrument that runs entirely on air. The 4100 Microwave Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometer (MP-AES) fundamentally changes the way scientists conduct elemental analysis. Using a nitrogen-based plasma that runs on air, the 4100 MP-AES does not require flammable or expensive gases.

Microwave Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometer for Gold and Precious Metals AnalysisWith no external cylinder connections required and no need for ongoing gas supplies, the 4100 MP-AES is ideal for any elemental analysis laboratory-especially remote sites and mobile laboratories. By eliminating the need to plumb multiple gases into the laboratory or manually transport and handle gas cylinders, the 4100 MP-AES also improves lab safety.

“The MP-AES instrument from Agilent is a home run for both gold analysis and base-metal analysis,” said Bobby Joe Reichel, analytical development – Nevada Laboratory Services, Newmont Mining Corporation. “It provides superior detection limits and a vastly expanded calibration range to enable quick and easy analysis at trace levels, while eliminating the need for time-consuming dilutions of higher grade samples.”

Applying tried-and-true microwave technology to spectroscopy, the 4100 Microwave Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometer delivers impressive performance as well. The magnetically excited microwave plasma source provides improved linear dynamic range, superior detection limits, and faster measurement compared with flame atomic-absorption spectroscopy. Easy to use application-specific software applets automatically load a preset method, enabling users to start analysis without the need for method development or alignment. Minimal training is required.

Since flammable gases are no longer required, the 4100 Microwave Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometer allows for safe, unattended multi-element overnight operation.