Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS): A Viable Analytical Tool (SAS)
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
2:00 PM Room: 207A
James A Holcombe, University of Texas at Austin
Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) continues to find new application areas. The early years saw a novel means of sampling solids and exciting the sampled material by the formation of a plasma using a laser focused onto a surface. This basic seed of an idea has germinated nicely to produce a range of useful applications in such areas as forensics, process control and remote analysis. This session will explore some exciting new areas in LIBS as well as some interesting looks at the fundamental processes taking place during the pulsed laser ablation/excitation event. We will also see what a group of experts see on the horizon for this elemental analytical technique.