Acting role of background gas in the emission response of laser-induced plasmas of energetic nitro compounds

T. Delgado, J.M. Vadillo, J.J. Laserna, Applied Spectroscopy, 2016, 70, 1364 – 1374


This study focuses on the analysis of the optical emission response obtained by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy from energetic nitro compounds in condensed phase sampled in atmospheres of variable composition. The influence of different background gases was evaluated from the characteristic emissions of the excited species coexisting in the plasma plume and conclusions concerning the main pathways involved in the generation of such emission species were extracted. Different reactive (O2, N2, H2) and inert (Ar, He) gases were tested to establish the comparative emission features of organic compounds.

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