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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2008
  • pp: G99–G104

Elemental analysis of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy aided by an empirical spectral database

Steven Rock, Aristides Marcano, Yuri Markushin, Chandran Sabanayagam, and Noureddine Melikechi  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 31, pp. G99-G104 (2008)

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Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is commonly used to identify elemental compositions of various samples. To facilitate this task, we propose the use of an elemental spectral library for single-pulsed, nanosecond LIBS in the spectral range 198 968 nm . This spectroscopic library is generated by measuring optical emissions from plasmas of 40 pure elements. To demonstrate the usefulness of the proposed database, we measure and analyze the LIBS spectra of pure iron and of ethanol and show that we identify these samples with a high degree of certainty.

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OCIS Codes
(070.4790) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spectrum analysis
(160.2120) Materials : Elements
(300.6210) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, atomic
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas
(300.6365) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, laser induced breakdown

Original Manuscript: March 31, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 16, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 18, 2008
Published: September 10, 2008

Steven Rock, Aristides Marcano, Yuri Markushin, Chandran Sabanayagam, and Noureddine Melikechi, "Elemental analysis of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy aided by an empirical spectral database," Appl. Opt. 47, G99-G104 (2008)

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