Analytical Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) for Hazards Analysis, Forensics, and Health (#379)

With the recent significant increase in LIBS activities in Asia, coupled with numerous advances in research, instrumentation, and applications, Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) is coming of age as an important analytical tool for the benefit of mankind. This full-day symposium will cover both fundamental aspects of analytical LIBS as well as several applications ranging from the forensic sciences, industrial, security and biomedical. The significant interest in miniaturization of LIBS (handheld devices) has led to new capabilities for field analysis of materials that were difficult or impossible to analyze previously. Some application highlights include the demonstration of LIBS as a key guide for laser surgery and pathogen identification, the use of LIBS for nuclear forensics and as a helpful tool for materials identification related to nuclear power plant disasters, and its use as a mission-critical technique for scientific studies on the surface of Mars (as part of the ChemCam system for analyzing Martian rocks and soil up to a standoff distance of 7 meters). LIBS is also being vigorously pursued as an important new tool in the coal and "green energy" industries, especially in regards to energy efficiency and pollution reduction. Three half-day oral sessions and one poster session will include world-renowned researchers in this emerging field. We anticipate that this LIBS symposium at Pacifichem 2015 will provide further opportunities for information highlighting cutting-edge science as well as galvanizing the LIBS community, especially in the Pacific basin.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015