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Laser-induced breakdown self-reversal isotopic spectrometry for isotopic analysis of lithium

Abstract : Online monitoring or in-situ isotopic analysis techniques in extreme environments are strategic tools in nuclear industry. A new optical method for performing isotopic analysis in solid samples at ambient pressure has been developed: Laser-Induced Breakdown self-Reversal Isotopic Spectrometry (LIBRIS). This method uses self-absorption of atomic or ionic resonance lines that are emitted from a non-uniform laser-induced plasma. It takes advantage of the fact that the spectral width of the absorption dip is much smaller than the spectral width of the emission line profile. Isotopic measurements were carried out on lithium samples by measuring the spectral position of the absorption dip that is shown to have a linear dependence on the 6 Li isotopic abundance. Stand-off and real-time analysis can be performed without any sample preparation or pre-treatment. The effect of the laser wavelength, of the ambient gas and of the gate delay is investigated. Optimum conditions lead to a relative uncertainty of about 6 % on the isotopic abundance measurement of $^6$Li. The influence of the spectral shifts due to Stark and Doppler effects on the performance of LIBRIS are discussed.
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Kévin Touchet, Frédéric Chartier, Jörg Hermann, Jean-Baptiste Sirven. Laser-induced breakdown self-reversal isotopic spectrometry for isotopic analysis of lithium. Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy, Elsevier, 2020, 168, pp.105868. ⟨10.1016/j.sab.2020.105868⟩. ⟨cea-02874911⟩

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