Cavity ring-down laser absorption spectroscopy (CRLAS) was applied for the first time to detection and characterization of laser breakdown generated aerosols. The method provided time-resolved morphological information on the aerosol plume, which is of importance in laser ablation (LA) and deposition, in laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analysis, and in laser ablation inductively coupled plasma (LA-ICP) methods. This method provides sensitive detection of a variety of aerosols produced under ambient conditions. The morphological investigation revealed that the aerosol density has a reproducible pattern as a function of distance from the surface, although its details depend on time, on geometrical parameters and on the surface characteristics.
- Cavity ring-down
- Laser ablation
- Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)