Emission Characteristics of Hydrogen and Carbon in Various Ambient Gases using Pulsed-CO2 Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Author(s): Ali Khumaeni*, Wahyu S. Budi, Asep Y. Wardaya, Hideaki Niki, Kazuyoshi Kurihara, Kiichiro Kagawa.

Journal Name: Current Analytical Chemistry

Volume 16 , Issue 3 , 2020

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Background: Hydrogen (H) and Carbon (C) are major elements that occur in various materials, including organic matter. The identification and analysis of C and H are necessary for several fields. LIBS is an excellent method for such analysis because it is rapid, and can be conducted remotely. The technique has been employed for the analysis of H in zircaloy metals. However, few studies on the emission characteristics of H and C in various gases have been undertaken because of the difficulty of identifying H and C using standard LIBS techniques. In this work, the emission characteristics of H and C were studied using pulsed CO2 LIBS. H and C elements were obtained from ethanol vapor. Various gas environments were employed, including Nitrogen (N2), Argon (Ar), and Helium (He) gases, in order to study the stability of the laser-induced plasma, the plasma lifetime, and the excitation mechanisms of H and C.

Methods: The LIBS system used in this work consisted of a pulsed TEA CO2 laser (Shibuya SQ 2000), pulse generator, and optical multichannel analyzer. In this work, the laser with a wavelength of 10.6 µm, pulse duration of 200 ns, and pulse energy of 3 J, was used as the irradiation source. The laser energy used was 1.5 J. The laser was irradiated, and focused, using a 200 mm zinc selenide (ZnSe) lens, onto a metal surface in order to initiate and induce a luminous plasma. The sample used in this study was ethanol vapor, obtained from ethanol (99.5%, Merck). For this purpose, 10 mL ethanol was poured into a glass beaker, and this was placed into a closed chamber that could be evacuated by ambient gases including N2, Ar, and He gases.

Results: Identification of H emission line has been successfully carried out using this present technique demonstrated in various gases including N2, Ar, and He. From the results, it was observed that in N2 gas, the Hα I 656.3 nm emission line was clearly expressed, with a wide, full-width halfmaximum, and quite a low emission intensity.

Conclusion: The emission characteristics of H and C in laser-induced plasma, produced in various ambient gases, including N2, Ar, and He, were studied. The emission spectra of Hα and Hβ were expressed clearly, with high intensity and low background emission, in He, while they were broad and had high background emissions in N2 and Ar. Based on the time-resolved emissions, the Hα emission had a longer lifetime in Ar and He. It was assumed that the metastable atoms of Arand He were predominant in the excitation process of H and C. The characteristics of the H and C emissions in various gases are important in selecting a suitable ambient gas for the study of light atomic emission in the medical field, which mostly deals with organic materials containing H, C, and oxygen.

Keywords: Hydrogen and carbon emissions, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy- LIBS, laser-induced plasma spectroscopy, pulsed CO2 laser, emission characteristics, ambient gases.

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Year: 2020
Page: [234 - 240]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/1573411014666181115121139
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