LIBS, or laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, is a rapid chemical analysis technique which is minimally destructive. For long, this method has been used in food processing and other industries. The technique is now making its way into the mining industry, and with good reason as the discussion below shows.
Capability to Measure Numerous Elements Simultaneously
Generally, LIBS has the ability to measure multiple elements in a sample at the same time. This attribute is important in mining because mineral samples often have sodium, lithium, beryllium, hydrogen, magnesium, oxygen, carbon and other elements I varying quantities and those quantities can often distinguish one mineral from another. This is analysis is therefore…
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