Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy is evaluated as a means of detecting the fire suppressants CF<sub>3</sub>Br, C<sub>3</sub>F<sub>7</sub>H, and CF<sub>4</sub> and the refrigerant C<sub>2</sub>F<sub>4</sub>H<sub>2</sub>. The feasibility of employing laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for time- and space-resolved measurement of these agents during use, storage, and recharge is discussed. Data are presented that demonstrate the conditions necessary for optimal detection of these chemicals.
© 1999 Optical Society of America
(120.1880) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Detection
(140.3440) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced breakdown
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy
(300.6390) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, molecular
Edwin D. Lancaster, Kevin L. McNesby, Robert G. Daniel, and Andrzej W. Miziolek, "Spectroscopic Analysis of Fire Suppressants and Refrigerants by Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy," Appl. Opt. 38, 1476-1480 (1999)