Polarization-resolved laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy.

Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois 60607-7061, USA.
Optics Letters (Impact Factor: 3.39). 03/2009; 34(4):494-6. DOI: 10.1364/OL.34.000494
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