Multi-pulse laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), in combination with the generalized linear correlation calibration method (GLCM), was applied to the quantitative analysis (fineness determination) of quaternary gold alloys. Accuracy and precision on the order of a few thousandths (‰) was achieved. The analytical performance is directly comparable to that of the standard cupellation method (fire assay), but provides results within minutes and is virtually non-destructive, as it consumes only a few micrograms of the sample.
- Gold assay
- Laser induced plasma spectroscopy
- Linear correlation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Analytical Chemistry
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics