On the expression "external calibration" in atomic spectrometry

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The expressions "calibration" and "external calibration" appear together in the present literature of atomic spectrometry resulting in a dilemma of understanding and correct use. It is examined how the IUPAC can provide a guidance to the solution of this problem by recalling the definitions of related terms of optical, mass and X-ray atomic spectrometry techniques. The introduction and definition of these expressions in widely used text books are investigated and statistically evaluated for the articles published during the last 30 years in the periodical Spectrochimica Acta Part B. For the elimination of the literary difficulties with the use of the term "calibration", attributes are proposed to express the degree of matrix matching of standards and samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-524
Number of pages7
JournalSpectrochimica Acta - Part B Atomic Spectroscopy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2008


  • Calibration
  • Optical atomic spectrometry
  • Plasma mass spectrometry
  • Terminology
  • X-Ray fluorescence spectrometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Spectroscopy

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