This second, completely revised and enlarged edition reflects all the major advances that have occurred in AAS since 1976. It includes new material on the graphite furnace, hydride generation, cold vapor techniques, atomizers, and the classification of interferences. Terms, nomenclature, and units of measurement have also been brought into line with the latest international standards. The book provides a thorough introduction to the physical concepts as well as to the inherent methodology. It covers the various absorption techniques separately and describes their equipment, their typical failures and how to avoid them. When discussing special applications as well as the analysis of the elements, the author always compares the different techniques that are applicable and points to the major advantages and disadvantages.