Abstract

To study the characteristics of spectral lines with crater development during laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, the changes in the spectral line intensities of iron (Fe) and chromium (Cr) during the development of craters were investigated. Images of the plasmas formed during crater development were captured, and the temperatures and electron densities of the plasmas were calculated. The results showed that when a crater developed, the intensities of the ion lines decreased and the intensities of the atomic lines increased. This is because the plasmas generated in the crater have a higher initial emission intensity and experience more rapid cooling as the crater develops. These two effects lead to changes in the rates of decrease of ion and atomic line intensities over time. Therefore, the changes in intensities of ion lines caused by crater development differ from which of atomic lines.

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