This page is under construction so please bear with us while we continue to work on it. In the meantime, we have added some general information on our fibre-optic probe LIBS products (LIBSProbe) which will hopefully provide you an insight into the features and capabilities of this technology.
We have designed, manufactured and used various types of fibre-optic probe LIBS instrument during the last 13 years or so (see LIBS applications). The majority of these instruments were for special applications and so were custom-designed to meet the requirements of these often one-off applications. A more commercialised version of this technology has been sold to a small number of our customers in the form of a product named LIBSProbe 100S. This product is designed with a submersible probe which allows analysis of materials submerged in water or other liquids (eg. sludges). The design was born out of a (perceived by us at least) need within the nuclear decommissioning industry to characterise / identify materials (eg. uranium, steel, non-ferrous alloys, graphite, concrete, etc) within redundant spent-fuel storage ponds and radioactive waste storage silos. The primary benefit of this technology was the ability to identify items of interest (eg. fragments of uranium fuel) which are mixed with other miscellaneous radioactive waste (steel, non-ferrous alloys, graphite, concrete, etc) while submerged in contaminated water or sludge.
One of our customers has used our LIBSProbe 100S product to perform material analysis at a depth of 30 metres (100 feet) seawater in the Mediterranean Sea. The following images (courtesy of University of Malaga) show the deployment of the submersible LIBS probe.
LIBSProbe 100S on deck
LIBSProbe 100S deployed at 30 m
While this page is under construction, we have added the following downloads (LIBSProbe 100S User's Manual and a video clip demonstrating underwater detection of various materials). Should this technology be of interest to you, please contact us for further information.