Highly sensitive analysis of aqueous lead carbonate colloids was demonstrated by two-pulse laser-induced atomic fluorescence. The first laser pulse at 1064 nm ablated the sample solution to create an expanding plume. The colloids, being heavier, trailed behind and became concentrated. They were then intercepted by an ArF laser pulse that induced prompt atomic fluorescence at 405.8 nm from the lead atoms. The detection limit for lead was 0.24 ppb. Tap water was analyzed, and lead emissions were clearly observed. Time-resolved spectroscopy revealed that the efficient 193-nm excitation of the analytes was more universal than expected. That was confirmed by the successful application of the technique to colloids and alloys other than lead.
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