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Dielectric barrier discharges in analytical chemistry

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Abstract

The present review reflects the importance of dielectric barrier discharges in analytical chemistry. Special about this discharge is—and in contrast to usual discharges with direct current—that the plasma is separated from one or two electrodes by a dielectric barrier. This gives rise to two main features of the dielectric barrier discharges; it can serve as dissociation and excitation device and as ionization mechanism, respectively. The article portrays the various application fields for dielectric barrier discharges in analytical chemistry, for example the use for elemental detection with optical spectrometry or as ionization source for mass spectrometry. Besides the introduction of different kinds of dielectric barrier discharges used for analytical chemistry from the literature, a clear and concise classification of dielectric barrier discharges into capacitively coupled discharges is provided followed by an overview about the characteristics of a dielectric barrier discharge concerning discharge properties and the ignition mechanism.

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Submitted
13 Dec 2010
Accepted
12 Apr 2011
First published
12 May 2011

Analyst, 2011,136, 2427-2440
Article type
Critical Review

Dielectric barrier discharges in analytical chemistry

C. Meyer, S. Müller, E. L. Gurevich and J. Franzke, Analyst, 2011, 136, 2427
DOI: 10.1039/C0AN00994F

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