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  • Vol. 54, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2000
  • pp: 1231–1235

Analysis of Lignite Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Fiona J. Wallis, Bruce L. Chadwick, and Richard J. S. Morrison

Applied Spectroscopy, Vol. 54, Issue 8, pp. 1231-1235 (2000)


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Abstract

The application of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to the chemical analysis of low-ash lignite has been investigated. A Nd:YAG laser (λ = 1064 nm) is used to induce emission from the ash-forming components, which is then spectrally resolved and analyzed. LIBS analyses of five inorganic components of lignite were shown to be reproducible between sample pellets at a 95% confidence level. Detection limits (in ppm) on an as-received basis of 60 (Ca and Al), 70 (Na), 90 (Fe), and 200 (Mg and Si) were obtained from a study of 30 lignite samples, each of which was interrogated by 300 laser pulses.

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Fiona J. Wallis, Bruce L. Chadwick, and Richard J. S. Morrison, "Analysis of Lignite Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy," Appl. Spectrosc. 54, 1231-1235 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/as/abstract.cfm?URI=as-54-8-1231

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