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Trace Element Analysis in Water by the Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Technique

Volume 51, Number 8 (Aug. 1997) Page 1102-1105

Arca, G.; Ciucci, A.; Palleschi, V.; Rastelli, S.; Tognoni, E.


In this paper, results are presented showing the feasibility of the laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) technique as a fast and sensitive analytic tool for quantitative measurement of trace elements in water. Many ionic elements were detected; the system linearity was tested by analyzing water samples containing known concentration of Mg and Ca, whereas Cr-polluted samples were exploited to test the system sensitivity limit to impurities.