Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Research Facility
For the past 15 years, Los Alamos has conducted research and development on the elemental analysis technique of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). The LIBS technique has many advantages compared to conventional analysis methods that make it particularly suited for field-based measurements under harsh conditions.
The LIBS Research User Facility is devoted to collaborative research in laser spark spectroscopy, laser ablation, and the development of techniques for application to real-world elemental analysis problems. The facility consists of three separate laboratories in which individual laser experiments can be carried out using a variety of LIBS data acquisition systems. The facility provides complete support for LIBS experiments from sample preparation to data acquisition to data analysis. Particular experimental configurations can be readily breadboarded to evaluate unique analysis scenarios. Liquid, gas, and solid samples can be handled including toxic materials. The facility also houses fabrication facilities for small machined parts and electronics systems assembly.
Basic research activities include
Activities devoted to development of LIBS for specific applications include
The LIBS Research User Facility provides OPEN access to users.
Last update: 11 July 2005