Taking advantages of the special characteristics of a transversely excited atmospheric (TEA) CO2 laser, the analysis of sodium aerosol has been successfully conducted by using laser-induced gas plasma spectroscopy (LIGPS) method. In this study, the sodium aerosol was deposited on a nickel metal plate; the metal plate functions as a subtarget to initiate a gas plasma. When a pulsed TEA CO2 laser was focused on the metal surface, a large-volume and high-temperature gas plasma was induced. The fine particles of sodium then entered into the gas plasma region to be dissociated and excited. By using this technique, a semi quantitative analysis of sodium aerosol was made. The detection limit of sodium was approximately 200 ppb.
Khumaeni A, Kurihara K, Lie D. Z. S, Kagawa K and Lee Y. I. (2014). Analysis of Sodium Aerosol Using Transversely Excited Atmospheric CO2 Laser-Induced Gas Plasma Spectroscopy. Current Applied Physics, 14 (3), 451-454.