Kagawa, K. ; Kurniawan, K. H. ; Lie, Z. S.
laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy; TEA CO2 laser-induced gas plasma; transversely excited atmospheric CO2 laser; powder analysis;INDUCED BREAKDOWN SPECTROSCOPY; SAMPLES; IDENTIFICATION; ABLATION; SOILS
Analysis of powder samples available in small quantities has been carried out using metal-assisted gas plasma by utilizing a transversely excited atmospheric (TEA) CO2 laser. The powder was homogeneously mixed with Si grease, and the mixed powder was painted on a metal subtarget. When a TEA CO2 laserwas directly focused on the metal subtarget at atmospheric pressure of He gas, a high-temperature He gas plasma was induced. It is assumed that the powder particles were vaporized to be effectively atomized and excited in the gas plasma region. This method has been employed in the rapid analyses of elements in organic and inorganic powder samples present in small quantities. Detection of trace elements of Cr and Pb has been successfully made by using the supplement powder and loam soil, respectively. The detection limits of Pb in loam soil were approximately 20 mg/kg.