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When a short and intense light pulse that is focused onto a sample surface is absorbed by the surface, a small amount of the material can be removed (ablated), vaporized and ionized to finally form a plasma plume that emits light. The light has a characteristic spectral structure relating to the plasma and the sample composition. The ablation abilities and plasma formation after the interaction of the intensive laser pulse with a material surface have been observed very soon after the invention of the laser. This knowledge, combined with optical emission spectroscopy methods, later resulted in a new analytical technique: laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) [1].

[1] M. Baudelet, B.W. Smith, The first years of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, J. Anal. At. Spectrom. 28 (2013) 624,

Research areas:

In the group we focus principally on two main research areas:

  • Application of LIBS in ITER project
  • Development of the Calibration Free LIBS (CF-LIBS) method

Active collaborations:

  • ILC, Bratislava, Slovensko
  • SAV, Bratislava, Slovensko
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Finland
  • Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Fusion Department, Ciemat, Madrid, Spain
  • Groupe Surfaces and Interfaces, IPCMS, Strasbourg, Cedex, France
  • Institut Lumière Matière, Université Lyon 1-CNRS, Cedex, France


prof. RNDr. Pavel Veis , CSc.

Email: veis(at)

Phone: +421 2 602 95 761