Identification of chemical intermediates and study of chemical reaction pathways and mechanisms in laser-induced plasmas are important for laser-ablated applications. Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), as a promising spectroscopic technique, is efficient for elemental analyses but can only provide limited information about chemical products in laser-induced plasmas. In this work, time-resolved resonance fluorescence spectroscopy was studied as a promising tool for the study of chemical reactions in laser-induced plasmas. Resonance fluorescence excitation of diatomic aluminum monoxide (AlO) and triatomic dialuminum monoxide (Al2O) was used to identify these chemical intermediates. Time-resolved fluorescence spectra of AlO and Al2O were used to observe the temporal evolution in laser-induced Al plasmas and to study their formation in the Al-O2 chemistry in air.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics