ANN-LIBS analysis of mixture plasmas: detection of xenon†
We developed an artificial neural network method for characterising crucial physical plasma parameters (i.e., temperature, electron density, and abundance ratios of ionisation states) in a fast and precise manner that mitigates common issues arising in evaluation of laser-induced breakdown spectra. The neural network was trained on a set of laser-induced breakdown spectra of xenon, a particularly physically and geochemically intriguing noble gas. The artificial neural network results were subsequently compared to a standard local thermodynamic equilibrium model. Speciation analysis of Xe was performed in a model atmosphere, mimicking gaseous systems relevant for tracing noble gases in geochemistry. The results demonstrate a comprehensive method for geochemical analyses, particularly a new concept of Xe detection in geochemical systems with an order-of-magnitude speed enhancement and requiring minimal input information. The method can be used for determination of Xe plasma physical parameters in industrial as well as scientific applications.
- This article is part of the themed collections: ENQA - 20th Brazilian Meeting on Analytical Chemistry and JAAS HOT Articles 2022