LIBS has a variety of intrinsic characteristics that make it a very attractive sensor technology for military applications. These attributes include: an ability to detect all elements at high sensitivity; a capability for field-portable, real-time, and in-situ analysis; and the ability to undertake both point and standoff detection. The Army Research Laboratory has been engaged in LIBS analysis for over a decade and recently has been investigating the potential to apply broadband LIBS analysis to specific military problems.

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