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Improvements in Quantitative Analysis of Steel Composition by Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy at Atmospheric Pressure Using an Infrared Nd:YAG Laser

Volume 53, Number 10 (Oct. 1999) Page 1259-1267

Aragon, C.; Aguilera, J.A.; Penalba, F.


The experimental conditions and procedure for quantitative analysis of steel by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy in argon at atmospheric pressure using an infrared Nd:YAG laser have been studied. Satisfactory analytical results have been obtained for the determination of C, Si, Cr, and Ni contents in low-alloyed steels. The lens-to-sample distance is shown to be a relevant parameter, which can be selected at each pulse energy to enhance the line intensities and the repeatability of measurements. A higher precision has been obtained for line-intensity ratios (0.9-2.5% relative standard deviation for concentrations higher than 0.1%) than for absolute intensity measurements. The calibration curves for all the elements have correlation coefficients above 0.999. Detection limits are in the range 6-80 ppm.