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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2009
  • pp: 494–496

Polarization-resolved laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

Youbo Zhao, Sima Singha, Yaoming Liu, and Robert J. Gordon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 4, pp. 494-496 (2009)

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It is shown that plasma polarization measurements can be used to enhance the sensitivity of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). The polarization of the plasma emission is used to suppress the continuum with only slight attenuation of the discrete atomic and ionic spectra. The method is demonstrated for LIBS detection of copper and carbon samples ablated by pairs of femtosecond laser pulses.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3440) Lasers and laser optics : Laser-induced breakdown
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(300.6365) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, laser induced breakdown

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Original Manuscript: October 21, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 17, 2008
Published: February 12, 2009

Youbo Zhao, Sima Singha, Yaoming Liu, and Robert J. Gordon, "Polarization-resolved laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy," Opt. Lett. 34, 494-496 (2009)

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