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Title: Calibration curves for commercial copper and aluminum alloys using handheld laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

Handheld laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (HH LIBS) was used to study the elemental composition of four copper alloys and four aluminum alloys to produce calibration curves. The HH LIBS instrument used is a SciAps Z-500, commercially available, that contains a class-1 solid-state laser with an output wavelength of 1532 nm, a laser energy of 5 mJ/pulse, and a pulse duration of 5 ns. Test samples were solid specimens comprising of copper and aluminum alloys and data were collected from the samples’ surface at three different locations, employing a 12-point-grid pattern for each data set. All three data sets of the spectra were averaged, and the intensity, corrected by subtraction of background, was used to produce the elemental calibration curves. Calibration curves are presented for the matrix elements, copper and aluminum, as well as several minor elements. The surface damage produced by the laser was examined by microscopy. The alloys were tested in air and in a glovebox to evaluate the instrument’s ability to identify the constituents within materials under different environmental conditions. The main objective of using this HH LIBS technology is to determine its capability to fingerprint the presence of certain elements related to subpercent level within materials in realmore » time and in-situ, as a starting point for undertaking future complex material characterization work.« less
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  1. Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  2. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
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Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 0946-2171
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Applied Physics. B, Lasers and Optics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 124; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 0946-2171
Research Org:
Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant (Y-12), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
38 RADIATION CHEMISTRY, RADIOCHEMISTRY, AND NUCLEAR CHEMISTRY; Handheld LIBS; laser induced breakdown spectroscopy; microscopy; calibration of matrix and trace elements
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