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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 8 — Apr. 14, 2008
  • pp: 5332–5337

Femtosecond and nanosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of trinitrotoluene

Yamac Dikmelik, Caroline McEnnis, and James B. Spicer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 8, pp. 5332-5337 (2008)

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Femtosecond and nanosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) were used to study trinitrotoluene (TNT) deposited on aluminum substrates. Over the detection wavelength range of 200–785 nm, we have observed emission from CN and C2 molecules as the marker for the explosive with femtosecond LIBS. In contrast, the signal for nanosecond LIBS of TNT is dominated by emission from the elemental constituents of the explosive. Aluminum emission lines from the substrate are also observed with both femtosecond and nanosecond excitation and indicate the role played by the substrate in the interaction.

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OCIS Codes
(300.6390) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, molecular
(300.6530) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, ultrafast

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Original Manuscript: February 7, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 15, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: March 19, 2008
Published: April 2, 2008

Yamac Dikmelik, Caroline McEnnis, and James B. Spicer, "Femtosecond and nanosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of trinitrotoluene," Opt. Express 16, 5332-5337 (2008)

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