Applications of High Resolution Laser: Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy for Environmental and Biological Samples

  • Madhavi Z. MartinEmail author
  • Nicole Labbe
  • Rebekah J. Wagner
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 182)


This chapter details the application of LIBS in a number of environmental areas of research such as carbon sequestration and climate change. LIBS has also been shown to be useful in other high resolution environmental applications for example, elemental mapping and detection of metals in plant materials. LIBS has also been used in phytoremediation applications. Other biological research involves a detailed understanding of wood chemistry response to precipitation variations and also to forest fires. A cross-section of Mountain pine (pinceae Pinus pungen Lamb.) was scanned using a translational stage to determine the differences in the chemical features both before and after a fire event. Consequently, by monitoring the elemental composition pattern of a tree and by looking for abrupt changes, one can reconstruct the disturbance history of a tree and a forest. Lastly we have shown that multivariate analysis of the LIBS data is necessary to standardize the analysis and correlate to other standard laboratory techniques. LIBS along with multivariate statistical analysis makes it a very powerful technology that can be transferred from laboratory to field applications with ease.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madhavi Z. Martin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nicole Labbe
    • 2
  • Rebekah J. Wagner
    • 3
  1. 1.Biosciences DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA
  2. 2.Center for Renewable Carbon, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and FisheriesUniversity of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  3. 3.School of Forest Resources, Forest Resources BuildingPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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