Bertrand Noharet & Tania Irebo

New compact high repetition rate lasers for LIBS

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is an atomic-emission spectroscopy technique that enables rapid chemical analysis of a wide range of materials ranging from metals, semiconductors, glasses, biological tissues, plastics, soils, thin-paint coating, and electronic materials. The LIBS technology has received substantially increased interest over recent years as a result of the development of more compact, even hand-held, systems that enables in-field use and construction of tools for on-line material analysis. This development has been made possible by the increased availability of more compact and industrial-grade system components including lasers, spectrographs and CCD cameras. In this application note we present how a new class of compact lasers with multi-kHZ pulse repetition rates enables significant reduction of the footprint of a LIBS system.