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Perkin-Elmer Model 52A Flame Photometer

  • Manufactured by the Perkin-Elmer Corporation
    Made in Glenbrook, CT
  • 19.5 in. H x 21.5 in. W x 15 in. D
    Stainless steel, metal, plastic, glass, paper
  • Not on display
  • Gift of the Bodenseewerk Perkin-Elmer Museum of Instrumental Analysis, Überlingen, Germany
  • Bodensee Collection
  • 2002.003.028


A flame photometer is an instrument that is used mostly in inorganic chemistry to identify metal ions present in a sample. The unknown sample is introduced to the flame at a constant rate, and then the photometer uses color to identify the metal ions present.

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