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Femtosecond filament-laser ablation molecular isotopic spectrometry

  • Author(s): Hou, H
  • Chan, GCY
  • Mao, X
  • Zheng, R
  • Zorba, V
  • Russo, RE
  • et al.

© 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. A new remote sensing technology for real-time isotopic analysis is introduced: Femtosecond Filament-Induced Laser Ablation Molecular Isotopic Spectrometry (F2-LAMIS). The technique combines femtosecond (fs) laser filamentation and ablation-based molecular isotopic spectroscopy, thereby enabling isotopic analysis of samples at a distance, in ambient air and at ambient pressure conditions. Isotopic analysis of zirconium (Zr) samples by F2-LAMIS is demonstrated, and the molecular and atomic emission intensity, and properties of the filament-induced plasma generated at different filament propagation distances were investigated. Spectral fitting of F2-LAMIS spectra enabled semi-quantitative isotopic analysis without the use of calibration standards, which was independent of the filament propagation distance for the studied range. This technology provides new capabilities for direct isotopic ratio measurements at remote distances.

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