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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2008
  • pp: G7–G14

Commercialization of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for lead-in-paint inspection

Richard A. Myers, Noah J. Kolodziejski, and Michael R. Squillante  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 31, pp. G7-G14 (2008)

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A study was undertaken to determine if laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) can be a practical and competitive alternative to x-ray fluorescence (XRF) methods for lead-in-paint inspection. Experiments in the laboratory confirmed that LIBS is suitable for detecting lead in paint at the hazard levels defined by federal agencies. Although we compared speed, function, and cost, fundamental differences between the XRF and LIBS measurements limited our ability to make a quantitative performance comparison. While the LIBS method can achieve the required sensitivity and offers a way to obtain unique information during inspection, the current component costs will likely restrict interest in the method to niche applications.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3440) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced breakdown
(300.2140) Spectroscopy : Emission
(280.1545) Remote sensing and sensors : Chemical analysis

Original Manuscript: March 31, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 30, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 26, 2008
Published: July 17, 2008

Richard A. Myers, Noah J. Kolodziejski, and Michael R. Squillante, "Commercialization of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy for lead-in-paint inspection," Appl. Opt. 47, G7-G14 (2008)

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