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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2003
  • pp: 2102–2109

Rapid field screening of soils for heavy metals with spark-induced breakdown spectroscopy

Amy J. R. Hunter, Richard T. Wainner, Lawrence G. Piper, and Steven J. Davis  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 12, pp. 2102-2109 (2003)

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Spark-induced breakdown spectroscopy (SIBS) is a recently developed atomic-fluorescence-based analytical technique that is analogous to laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. SIBS, however, uses an electrical plasma generation method on nonconductive samples instead of a focused laser beam. Here we describe the basic characteristics of SIBS and its application to the field-screening analysis of soil, using a standard addition analytical approach. Detection limits of ∼25 mg/kg have been seen for lead, chromium, barium, mercury, and cadmium. A variety of soils have been tested, some cocontaminated with organic material and uranium (238U).

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OCIS Codes
(300.2140) Spectroscopy : Emission
(300.6210) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, atomic

Original Manuscript: May 31, 2002
Revised Manuscript: August 2, 2002
Published: April 20, 2003

Amy J. R. Hunter, Richard T. Wainner, Lawrence G. Piper, and Steven J. Davis, "Rapid field screening of soils for heavy metals with spark-induced breakdown spectroscopy," Appl. Opt. 42, 2102-2109 (2003)

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