LIBS for aerosol analysis

Daniel Diaz, David W. Hahn, Ulrich Panne

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Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is well suited for the analysis of aerosol particles due to the unique point sampling nature of the laser-induced plasma. The discrete plasma volume corresponds well with the discrete nature of aerosol particles to enable a wide range of data analysis options, including spectral averaging, conditional spectral processing, and single-pulse analysis. In this chapter, an introduction to aerosol science and aerosol analysis is presented to frame the overall problem of LIBS-based aerosol sampling. A detailed treatment of the laser-induced breakdown process is focused on the gas-phase processes associated with plasma initiation and propagation. Quantitative aerosol analysis is presented in terms of the aerosol-sampling problem, followed by direct and indirect quantitative aerosol measurements. The chapter concludes with a discussion of LIBS applications to aerosol analysis and future directions in this challenging and important area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLaser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, Second Edition
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9780128188293
ISBN (Print)9780128188309
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Aerosol analysis
  • Conditional analysis
  • LIBS
  • Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, Second Edition
  • Particle detection
  • Plasma-particle interactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry

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