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Handheld Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Handheld laser induced breakdown spectrometry (HH-LIBS) is an emerging method which shows promising capabilities for alloy analysis and may be able to complement HH-XRF in alloy analysis; especially in alloys containing low atomic number elements like Be, Li, Mg, Al and Si.

In HH-LIBS, a laser pulse strikes the surface of the sample and ablates an amount of material in the range of 1 ng and generates a plasma plume (partially ionized gas) in the temperature range of 5,000-20,000K. The energy of the laser is low, but is focused to a microscopic point on the sample to generate the plasma. In this plasma, the matter constituting the samples is dissociated into atoms (atomization) and partially ionized species.

During this time, the plasma emits a continuum of radiation which does not contain any useful information about the species present, but within a very small timeframe the plasma expands at supersonic velocities and cools, at which point the characteristics atomic emission lines of the elements can be observed. The emitted light is transmitted through optical fibers and the polychromatic radiation is dispersed in one or more spectrometers by diffraction gratings and detected by CCD chips.

HH-LIBS technology allows for incredibly FAST analysis of alloy grade ID and chemistry; especially for light element alloys containing Li, Mg, Al or Si. Compared to handheld XRF, light element analysis with the EOS is approximately 10x faster. Over the course of a day, this can easily save you time and money.

Being fast is only part of the equation. The EOS will give you accurate and repeatable results that you can count on. In addition, user-friendly data transfer will allow you to easily create custom reports.


  • HH-LIBS Technology
  • No X-ray Regulations
  • Preferred for Li, Mg, Al, Si
  • Fast Grade ID and Chemistry
  • Accurate and Repeatable 
  • Flexible Battery Design
    - 1 battery operation for reduced weight
    - 2 battery operation for 12hr run-time
    - “Hot-swap” capability

EOS Software Features:
Intuitive icon-based software

  • Multi-Level Users login account for fleet management and user identification
  • On-board instrument performance check
  • On-board averaging with burst mode
  • Type standardization
  • Assay and grade ID mode based on advanced chemometrics algorithm
  • Fingerprint spectral ID mode



Handheld Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Handheld Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy.pdf

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