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September 1, 2021

How Assay Labs Work Part 2: Instrumental Analysis

Geologists may be looking for elements that cannot be determined using fire assay (discussed in this video), so a sample may undergo instrumental analysis.

We’ll briefly discuss two types of analysis in this video: ICP-AES and ICP-MS.

Please note that different elements perform better on each type of instrument, and there are a wide variety of other analytical techniques not discussed in this video, so it is important to talk to the assay lab about their samples before they are submitted.  

*Special thanks to scientists at ALS Minerals and Agilent Technologies for helping with the research in this video*