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Determination of elemental concentration in geological samples using nanosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

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Abstract

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) can be used for measuring the concentrations or ratios of various trace elements in solid samples. A laser pulse with a 532 nm wavelength, 5 ns pulse duration, 100 μm beam spot diameter, and 30 mJ single pulse energy is used for ablating the United States Geological Survey (USGS) series of geological standard samples. The concentrations of iron in different geological samples are obtained using artificial neural networks. In addition, the influence of matrix effects on the measurement error is analyzed. Experimental results reveal that the relative errors of BCR-1G, BHVO-2G, BIR-1G, GSD-1G, and GSE-1G between the measured concentrations and the certified concentrations are 1.86%, 5.73%, 0.27%, 3.86%, and 2.63%, respectively, which indicate that the LIBS method using back propagation artificial neural networks can effectively determine the iron concentrations of USGS geological standard samples. The matrix effects of standard samples are analyzed, which shows that the matrix effects of GSD-1G and GSE-1G are more different than others. As a result, some significant measurement errors in concentration determination resulted from different matrix effects.

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The article was received on 02 Jul 2017, accepted on 08 Sep 2017 and first published on 08 Sep 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7JA00239D
Citation: J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2017, Advance Article
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    Determination of elemental concentration in geological samples using nanosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

    Y. Hu, Z. Li and T. Lü, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7JA00239D

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