The spectral emission of gas-phase aluminum and aluminum oxide was measured during and immediately after exposure of a bulk-aluminum sample to a laser-induced spark produced by a focused, pulsed laser beam (Nd:YAG, 10-ns pulse duration, 35 mJ/pulse, lambda=1064 nm). The spectral emission was measured as a function of time after the onset of the laser pulse, and it was also measured in different bath gases (air, nitrogen, oxygen, and helium).
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Thuvan N. Piehler, Frank C. DeLucia, Jr., Chase A. Munson, Barrie E. Homan, Andrzej W. Miziolek, and Kevin L. McNesby, "Temporal evolution of the laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy spectrum of aluminum metal in different bath gases," Appl. Opt. 44, 3654-3660 (2005)