Dong, L. ; Jia, S. T. ; Ma, W. G. ; Xiao, L. T. ; Yao, S. C. ; Yin, W. B. ; Zhang, L. ; Zhao, Y.
EMISSION-LINES; ALUMINUM; PLASMAS; COAL
A novel self-absorption-free laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (SAF-LIBS) technique is proposed to directly capture the optically thin spectral line by matching the measured doublet atomic lines intensity ratios with the theoretical one. To realize the experimental SAF-LIBS, the integration time, the fiber collection angle, and the delay time are optimized. The optically thin conditions are validated by comparing the linearity of Boltzmann plots with the traditional self-absorption (SA) correction method and evaluating the SA coefficients. The applicability and limitation of SAF-LIBS on element concentration and laserenergy are also discussed. Univariate quantitative analysis results show that, compared with ordinary LIBS, the average absolute error of aluminum concentration has been reduced by an order of magnitude, which proves that this SAF-LIBS technique is qualified to realize accurate chemical composition measurements. (C) 2017 Optical Society of America