Powerful ICP Spectrometer Developed from the Latest Technology

Lindsay Hall, Noria Corporation


Teledyne Leeman Labs has raised the bar in inductively coupled plasma (ICP) technology with the introduction of the Prodigy High Dispersion ICP. Combining a highly advanced Echelle optical system with the latest in solid-state detection, the Prodigy ICP is ideal for laboratories requiring analytical performance and versatility.

The Prodigy ICP with its L-PAD solid-state detector provides easy-to-use navigation between applications, network readiness, access security and regulatory compliance tools.


The ICP with state-of-the-art array detection permits simultaneous measurement of multiple wavelengths without extending the sample analysis time. With the compact high-resolution benchtop design, Prodigy provides superior analytical performance in only a minimal amount of space. The spectrometer is available in axial, radial or dual view plasma configurations and is image-stabilized for fast warm-up and superior long-term stability.


Features that contribute to Prodigy’s exceptional analytical performance include:

  • High-resolution – The superior optical resolution of 0.0075 nm results in fewer spectral interferences, better accuracy and fewer QC failures. An optional user-selectable input, allowing optical resolutions as high as 0.005 nm, is available.

  • Wavelength coverage – All wavelengths from 165 to 1,100 nm are accessible, allowing the analyst superior detection limits for various elements.

  • Lower stray light – Prodigy’s long focal length optical spectrometer (800 mm) results in lower stray light and superior performance in complex sample matrices. Two times greater than most competing systems with four times lower the stray light. • Long-term stability – Typically provides long-term stability better than two percent RSD per day, which translates into less drift and fewer QC failures.

  • Large format detector – (27 mm by 27 mm) Prodigy’s L-PAD utilizes the high dispersion spectrometer design (greater distance between adjacent wavelengths), therefore yielding superior resolution and fewer interferences. Most competing ICPs use a detector that is one-fourth the size of that in Prodigy. • Wide linear dynamic range – The advanced L-PAD detector provides the user the advantage of superior linear dynamic range (in excess of six orders of magnitude) by incorporating large full-well capacity and nondestructive readout capability.

  • Programmable integration capability – Programmable access integration and contiguous pixel structure of Prodigy’s L-PAD allows direct readout of either the detector regions of interest or the entire spectrum with high-speed data transmission. This allows the user to capture the entire spectrum and/or specific spectral regions.

  • Advance simultaneous data collection technology – Prodigy is the only array detector-based ICP that provides true simultaneous data collection for all elements, background points, internal standards, etc. This capability provides lower detection limits and superior measurement precision.

With its large active area and integral Pentium-based controller, Prodigy’s ICP with L-PAD provides full wavelength coverage and high resolution in a single exposure, simultaneously measuring peak and background intensities for all wavelengths regardless of emission intensity.

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