LIBS: A Potential Tool for Industrial/agricultural Waste Water Analysis

Karpate, Tanvi and Muhammed, Shameem KM and Nayak, Rajesh and Unnikrishnan, VK and Santhosh, C (2016) LIBS: A Potential Tool for Industrial/agricultural Waste Water Analysis. Proceedings of SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering, 9893. pp. 989317-1. ISSN 1996-756X

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Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) is a multi-elemental analysis technique with various advantages and has the ability to detect any element in real time. This technique holds a potential for environmental monitoring and various such analysis has been done in soil, glass, paint, water, plastic etc confirms the robustness of this technique for such applications. Compared to the currently available water quality monitoring methods and techniques, LIBS has several advantages, viz. no need for sample preparation, fast and easy operation, and chemical free during the process. In LIBS, powerful pulsed laser generates plasma which is then analyzed to get quantitative and qualitative details of the elements present in the sample. Another main advantage of LIBS technique is that it can perform in standoff mode for real time analysis. Water samples from industries and agricultural strata tend to have a lot of pollutants making it harmful for consumption. The emphasis of this project is to determine such harmful pollutants present in trace amounts in industrial and agricultural wastewater. When high intensity laser is made incident on the sample, a plasma is generated which gives a multielemental emission spectra. LIBS analysis has shown outstanding success for solids samples. For liquid samples, the analysis is challenging as the liquid sample has the chances of splashing due to the high energy of laser and thus making it difficult to generate plasma. This project also deals with determining the most efficient method for testing of water sample for qualitative as well as quantitative analysis using LIBS.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Laser induced breakdown; Plasma; Atomic spectra; Water analysis; Pollutants
Subjects: Departments at MU > Atomic Molecular Physics
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2016 16:09
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2016 16:09

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