Date of Award


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Physics (MS)

College, School or Department Name

Department of Physics


Jacek Borysow


Time-REsolved Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (TRELIBS) was used to determine the elemental concentration of barium in Texas Dome rock salt. TRELIBS allows for an efficient and in situ concentration analysis technique that detects a wide range of elements with no sample preparation.

TRELIBS measurements were made in the 545nm to 594nm wavelength range. The proximity of a strong barium emission line (553.5481 nm) to the sodium doublet (588.9950 nm and 589.5924 nm) allowed for measurement within a single frame of the spectrograph.

This barium emission line was compared to the sodium doublet for relative intensity. A homemade calibration sample containing known amounts of barium and sodium was used to determine the relative concentrations. By approximating the sodium content in the rock salt as 50%, we determined the absolute concentration of barium in the salt to be (0.13±0.03)%.

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