Special Issue "Applications and Advances in Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)"

A special issue of Atoms (ISSN 2218-2004).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Chinni
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Guest Editor
Department of Math and Science, Alvernia University, Reading, PA 19607, USA
Interests: LIBS; atomic spectroscopy; undergraduate research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The purpose of this special issue is to show the applications and advances in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). In LIBS, a pulsed laser is focused onto a surface.  The laser pulse heats, ablates, ionizes, and atomizes the surface material.  This results in the formation of a plasma which emits light. The light contains the excited atoms and ions; this light is collected, spectrally resolved, and detected usually in the form of a spectrum.  The elements in the plasma are identified by their unique spectral signatures. 

LIBS can be used for both quantitative and qualitative studies. It provides multi-element detection, needs little to no sample preparation, can analyze solids, liquids, and gases, can detect elements of low and high atomic weights, requires minimal operator training, and produces rapid and real-time measurements. LIBS has many real-world applications in forensics, environmental, space, and nuclear to name a few. 

This special issue is open to original research and reviews that showcase LIBS and its many applications and advances. This includes fundamental studies in understanding the plasma diagnostics, advances in LIBS as a technique, and applications of LIBS in its many fields. The main purpose of this special issue is to show that LIBS is an evolving versatile technique than can used for many different types of analyses.

Prof. Rosemarie Chinni
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • LIBS
  • laser spectroscopy
  • plasma diagnostics
  • applications of LIBS

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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