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The LIBS2500 next-generation laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) system from Ocean Optics, permits instant qualitative measurements of elements in solids, solutions and gases for use in materials analysis, biomedical and forensic analysis, environmental monitoring, art restoration and security and defence.

Smaller and lighter than its predecessor it features an improved sensitivity of 10-50ppm; a series of 2048-element, linear CCD detectors; and a seven-fibre optical sampling probe with a 74-UV collimating lens and a sampling lens.

The LIBS2500 incorporates up to seven high-resolution spectrometers for spectral coverage as broad as 200-980 nm. The system operates with any 32-bit, USB-compatible Windows PC over a USB 1.1 or 2.0 interface.

Integral application software operates the laser and identifies the element being analysed, performing reference correlation by full pixel and by spectral line, time-dependent analysis, and line tracking over multiple samples. In addition, it allows the user to control the exact time of sampling during plasma decay and can set and perform procedures for an entire sample test. Elemental Identification and Correlation Software provides instant material identification and a spectral library consisting of 2000+ atomic emission lines from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The streamlined LIBS2500 detection system is portable, compact and rugged. Users can perform in situ real-time measurements in hostile industrial, chemical and biochemical environments.