Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) for Trace Element Detection: A Review

Z. H. Khan*, M. Hedayet Ullah, Bulu Rahman, Aminul I. Talukder, Md Wahadoszamen, K. M. Abedin, A. F.M.Y. Haider

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Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) has emerged as a promising technique for both quantitative and qualitative analysis of elements in a wide variety of samples. However, conventional LIBS suffers from a high limit of detection (LoD) compared with other analytical techniques. This review briefly discusses several methods that demonstrate the applicability and prospects for trace element detection while lowering the LoD when coupled with LIBS. This review compares the enhancement mechanisms, advantages, and limitations of these techniques. Finally, the recent development and application of LIBS coupled techniques for trace element detection are also discussed for various samples such as metal alloys, biomaterials, rare earth elements, explosives, drinking water, and water bodies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3887038
JournalJournal of Spectroscopy
Publication statusPublished - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Spectroscopy


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