2018 Volume 58 Issue 9 Pages 1705-1710
Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is employed for ultra-high-speed determination of the manganese content in various steel specimens. LIBS is widely known as a method for elemental analysis with a rapid response. It has several advantages such that it can work under ambient pressure, and that specimens can be tested without any pre-treatment such as acid digestion, cleaning, or polishing of surface of the specimens. We applied a laboratory-build LIBS system for the determination of Mn in a series of low-alloy steel certified reference materials by a multivariate analysis using partial-least-square regression. Considering enough intensities of Mn emission lines and spectral interferences from emission lines of the iron matrix in these alloys, two wavelength ranges for the spectrograph could be employed. By minimizing the predicted residual sum of squares and the root mean square error of prediction, the analytical result of the Mn concentrations could be obtained with reasonable accuracy and precision.