Title

A PC- and lotus-based data acquisition/reduction system for an ICP spectrometer

Publication Title

Computers and Geosciences

Publication Date

1990

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1016/0098-3004(90)90100-8

Keywords

analytical drift correction, analytic geochemistry, computer-assisted instruction, instrumental geochemical analysis

Disciplines

Geochemistry | Geology | Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing

Abstract

Three new Lotus macro programs have been written to automate interfacing and data acquisition, data-file creation, and analytical drift correction for the output of an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) spectrometer. These programs, in conjunction with an IBM-compatible PC, collectively represent a low-cost alternative or supplement to commercial data stations. Although primarily intended to facilitate reduction of research-related data, the drift-correction macro is useful also as a pedagogical aid in teaching instrumental geochemical analysis. The three macro programs are described in sufficient detail to facilitate adaptation for use with diverse analytical instrumentation.

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