Rapid materials analysis of surfaces and coatings

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy LIBS

The optical surface analysis methods ANALIZEsingle and ANALIZEmulti capture the element composition on the surface of a component within milliseconds per measuring point. The systems are suitable both for measuring the composition and thickness of coatings and for determining the composition of solid material.

The underlying technology is Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), where a short pulse laser ejects a tiny amount, typically a few μm3 of the sample specimen from the surface and into a plasma. This plasma illuminates with a material-specific light spectrum. The spectral distribution of the light is recorded immediately in real time. From this data, the element distribution at the measuring point is determined.