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ISRN Spectroscopy
Volume 2012, Article ID 285240, 12 pages
Review Article

Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy: Fundamentals, Applications, and Challenges

Photonic Engineering Group, Department of TEISA, Universidad de Cantabria, Edificio I+D+i Telecomunicacion, 39005 Santander, Spain

Received 12 September 2012; Accepted 1 October 2012

Academic Editors: H. J. Byrne and G. Louarn

Copyright © 2012 F. Anabitarte et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is a technique that provides an accurate in situ quantitative chemical analysis and, thanks to the developments in new spectral processing algorithms in the last decade, has achieved a promising performance as a quantitative chemical analyzer at the atomic level. These possibilities along with the fact that little or no sample preparation is necessary have expanded the application fields of LIBS. In this paper, we review the state of the art of this technique, its fundamentals, algorithms for quantitative analysis or sample classification, future challenges, and new application fields where LIBS can solve real problems.