Sometimes abbreviated to AA or GFAA, Atomic Absorption is used to provide a quantitative breakdown of individual elements within a sample. By vaporizing a prepared sample and exposing the vapors to light, the lab can determine the concentration of a single element within a material.

While dozens of elements can be analyzed using this method, only one single element can be measured during each AA or GFAA analysis.  Because of this, many other chemical analysis methods may often be more timely and cost effective. However, the accuracy level of an Atomic Absorption analysis allow for reporting of ultra-trace elements within an organic or inorganic sample. Solid materials can be analyzed through chemical digestion prior to testing.

Element can test for a wide variety of metal types using Atomic Absorption analysis. Our accredited labs can perform testing to various ASTM standards (including ASTM E1184), as well as internal procedures. We offer both flame and graphite furnace (GFAA) Atomic Absorption methods, depending on the material type and accuracy level required.

Element has atomic absorption laboratories across the US and Europe, allowing you worldwide access to our Engaged Experts and unique range of services. Whether you have a pure material or an alloy, our atomic absorption laboratories will work with you to develop a method to suit your needs.

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