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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2008
  • pp: G30–G37

Theoretical model for double pulse laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

Virendra N. Rai, Fang Yu Yueh, and Jagdish P. Singh  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 31, pp. G30-G37 (2008)

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We present a simple theoretical model for the emission from double pulse laser-induced plasmas that was developed to better understand the processes and factors involved in enhancement of plasma emission. In this model, the plasma emission is directly proportional to the square of plasma density, its volume, and the fraction of second laser pulse absorbed through inverse bremsstrahlung absorption by the plasma plume of the first laser pulse. The electron–ion collision frequency determines the profile and location of the peak of emission enhancement with respect to the delay between the two lasers, whereas the amplitude of the enhancement is mainly dependent on the increase in the mass ablation rate after the second laser pulse. The effects of increase in temperature and in plasma volume after the second laser pulse are also discussed in light of this model.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3440) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced breakdown
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy
(300.2140) Spectroscopy : Emission
(300.6210) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, atomic
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas
(300.6365) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, laser induced breakdown

Original Manuscript: April 3, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 6, 2008
Published: August 6, 2008

Virendra N. Rai, Fang Yu Yueh, and Jagdish P. Singh, "Theoretical model for double pulse laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy," Appl. Opt. 47, G30-G37 (2008)

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