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Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is a widely used technique for elemental analysis that creates a micro-plasma on the surface of a sample by focusing a short laser pulse at the sample’s surface. This technique is widely adopted in several industries and has several compelling advantages over other techniques for elemental analysis.

Why Choose LIBS Analysis

LIBS provides rapid results, usually within seconds for a single spot analysis, with minimal sample preparation or special training required, and versatile sampling protocols include fast raster of a sample’s surface as well as depth profiling. And analysis of thin samples can be performed without substrate interference.

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Another advantage of LIBS measurements is the broad elemental coverage, including lighter elements like Helium, Hydrogen, Lithium, and Beryllium, as well as more common targets like Carbon, Nitrogen, Sodium, Oxygen, and Magnesium. These lighter elements typically have a low detection limit, in the low-PPM range, but the outstanding sensitivity of the Avantes line up erases this concern.

Avantes LIBS spectrometers have customizable timing and triggering options, accurate sampling, and fast integration times.

Industries that Rely on LIBS Technology

LIBS is applicable to a wide range of sample matrices that include metals, semiconductors, glasses, biological tissues, insulators, plastics, soils, plants, soils, thin-paint coating, and electronic materials. You will find LIBS at work in metallurgy, geology, and semiconductors to name a few of the industries that employ laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy.

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LIBS Instruments

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The AvaSpec-ULS2048L has pixels that are almost four times higher than those in the AvaSpec-ULS2048. It gives you twice the signal to noise ratio and 40% less dark noise.

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AvaSpec- ULS2048CL-EVO

The StarLine AvaSpec-ULS2048CL-EVO offers you this latest technology using CMOS instead of the conventional CCD technology. In combination with our latest AS-7010 electronics, it offers you a versatile device including USB3.0 communication with 10x higher speed communications and 50x more memory. The AvaSpec-ULS2048CL-EVO is also available as OEM unit, bench-only or rackmount version.

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AvaSpec-MINI- 4096-MKII

The AvaSpec-Mini4096CL is one of the most highly anticipated product releases of 2018, with the first on the market 4096 pixel CMOS array, advanced EVO electronics, and excellent temperature and wavelength stability packed into a footprint about the size of a deck of cards.

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Resources for Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Resources


Application Note: Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy


The Mineral Automated Yield Analyzer System (MAYA 6060), designed by Laser Detect Systems Ltd

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Avantes at Use in Bomb Detection

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Multi-Element LIBS Analyzers using Avantes Spectrometers

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Spectroscopy Applications for Thin Film

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LIBS Information on Elemental Analysis


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