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    Portugal
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    Applied Photonics
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    +351220402301
    diana.f.capela@inesctec.pt
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Publications

2022

Towards robust calibration models for laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy using unsupervised clustered regression techniques

Authors
Silva N.A.; Capela D.; Ferreira M.; Gonçalves F.; Lima A.; Guimarães D.; Jorge P.A.S.;

Publication
Results in Optics

Abstract

2022

Comprehensive comparison of linear and non-linear methodologies for lithium quantification in geological samples using LIBS

Authors
Ferreira, MFS; Capela, D; Silva, NA; Goncalves, F; Lima, A; Guimaraes, D; Jorge, PAS;

Publication
SPECTROCHIMICA ACTA PART B-ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY

Abstract
Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy allows fast chemical analysis of light elements without significant sample preparation, turning it into a promising technique for on-site mining operations. Still, the performance for quantification purposes remains its major caveat, obstructing a broader application of the technique. In this work, we present an extensive comparison of the performances of distinct algorithms for quantification of Lithium in a mining prospection stage, using spectra acquired with both a commercial handheld device and a laboratory prototype. Covering both linear and non-linear methodologies, the results show that, when covering a wide range of concentrations typical on a mining operation, non-linear methodologies manage to achieve errors compatible with a semi-quantitative performance, offering performances better than those obtained with linear methods, which are more affected by saturation and matrix effects. The findings enclosed offer support for future applications in the field and may possibly be generalized for other elements of interest in similar mining environments.

2022

Towards robust calibration models for laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy using unsupervised clustered regression techniques

Authors
Silva, NA; Capela, D; Ferreira, M; Gonçalves, F; Lima, A; Guimarães, D; Jorge, PA;

Publication
Results in Optics

Abstract

2021

X-ray Fluorescence and Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Analysis of Li-Rich Minerals in Veins from Argemela Tin Mine, Central Portugal

Authors
Ribeiro, R; Capela, D; Ferreira, M; Martins, R; Jorge, P; Guimaraes, D; Lima, A;

Publication
MINERALS

Abstract
In this work, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analyses were applied to samples of quartz, montebrasite, and turquoise hydrothermal veins in the Argemela Tin Mine (Central Portugal). Montebrasite (LiAl(PO4)(OH,F)) is potentially the main ore mineral; with its alteration, lithium (Li) can disseminate into other minerals. A hand sample was cut and analyzed by XRF and LIBS for several elements of interest including Cu, P, Al, Si, and Li. Although XRF cannot measure Li, results from its analysis are effective for distinguishing turquoise from montebrasite. LIBS analysis complemented this study, making it possible to conclude that turquoise does not contain any significant Li in its structure. The difference in spot size between the techniques (5 mm vs. 300 µm for XRF and LIBS, respectively) resulted in a poorer performance by XRF in accurately identifying mixed minerals. A thin section was petrographically characterized and mapped using LIBS. The mapping results demonstrate the possibility of the successful identification of minerals and their alterations on a thin section. The results of XRF analysis and LIBS mapping in petrographic sections demonstrate the efficacy of these methods as tools for element and mineral identification, which can be important in exploration and mining phases, complementing more traditional techniques.