Comment on “three-dimensional analysis of laser induced plasmas in single and double pulse configuration” Academic Article uri icon


  • Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is an effective technique for real-time chemical analysis of samples in the laboratory and in the field. The performance of LIBS can be significantly improved by replacing the conventional LIBS configuration from single pulse laser to double pulse laser ablation. Corsi et al. showed that by firing two lasers with microsecond order delay can increase LIBS sensitivity [M. Corsi, G. Cristoforetti, M. Giuffrida, M. Hidalgo, S. Legnaioli, V. Palleschi, A. Salvetti, E. Tognoni, C. Vallebona, Three-dimensional analysis of laser induced plasmas in single and double pulse configuration, Spectrochimica Acta, Part B 59 (2004) 723-735] [1]. By studying plume evolution, they attribute this enhancement to the faster plume expansion in double pulse laser ablation. Blast wave theory was used in Corsi's paper to explain the higher expansion speed observed in double pulse laser ablation. However, it is questionable whether the blast wave theorem applies in laser ablation where the shockwave is driven by a vapor plume of mass. We introduce an alternative way to explain the faster plume expansion during double pulse laser through a more general thermodynamic relation. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Wen, S., Mao, X., & Russo, R. E.

citation count

  • 7

publication date

  • July 2005