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Discrimination of microbiological samples using femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

Abstract : Using femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, the authors have analyzed five different species of bacterium. Line emissions from six trace mineral elements, Na, Mg, P, K, Ca, and Fe, have been clearly detected. Their intensities correspond to relative concentrations of these elements contained in the analyzed samples. The authors demonstrate that the concentration profile of trace elements allows unambiguous discrimination of different bacteria. Quantitative differentiation has been made by representing bacteria in a six-dimension hyperspace with each of its axis representing a detected trace element. In such hyperspace, representative points of different species of bacterium are gathered in different and distinct volumes.
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Matthieu Baudelet, Jin Yu, Myriam Bossu, Julien Jovelet, Jean-Pierre Wolf, et al.. Discrimination of microbiological samples using femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. Applied Physics Letters, American Institute of Physics, 2006, 89 (16), n° 163903. ⟨10.1063/1.2361270⟩. ⟨ineris-00963029⟩



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