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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 13 — May. 1, 2010
  • pp: C95–C100

Development of microwave-enhanced spark-induced breakdown spectroscopy

Yuji Ikeda, Ahsa Moon, and Masashi Kaneko  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 13, pp. C95-C100 (2010)

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We propose microwave-enhanced spark-induced breakdown spectroscopy with the same measurement and analysis processes as in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, but with a different plasma generation mechanism. The size and lifetime of the plasma generated can contribute to increased measurement accuracy and expand its applicability to industrial measurement, such as an exhaust gas analyzer for automobile engine development and its regulation, which has been hard to operate by laser at an engineering evaluation site. The use of microwaves in this application helps lower the cost, reduce the system size, and increase the ease of operation to make it commercially viable. A microwave frequency of 2.45 GHz was used to enhance the volume and lifetime of the plasma at atmospheric condition even at elevated pressure.

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OCIS Codes
(300.6390) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, molecular
(350.5400) Other areas of optics : Plasmas
(300.6365) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, laser induced breakdown

Original Manuscript: October 13, 2009
Revised Manuscript: February 8, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 12, 2010
Published: March 9, 2010

Yuji Ikeda, Ahsa Moon, and Masashi Kaneko, "Development of microwave-enhanced spark-induced breakdown spectroscopy," Appl. Opt. 49, C95-C100 (2010)

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