Steve Buckley


Geochemical Analysis Using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

October 01, 2021

Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is an ideal method for elemental analysis of geological samples, and has been used by NASA on the Mars rovers. This article details the methodology and the most successful calibration and quantification methods to date.

Narrowband Visible Light: The OPO Reigns

January 01, 2021

Tunable narrowband light sources are essential for measuring fluorescence, reaction energetics, and other challenging measurements in chemical, biological, and physical systems. In particular, the optical parametric oscillator (OPO) is an indispensable tool.

Light Matters . . . 35 Years of New Sources for Spectroscopy

July 20, 2020

On the occasion of Spectroscopy’s 35th birthday, I thought it would be an interesting opportunity to consider the amazing explosion in light sources for spectroscopy over the last few decades.

The Rise of the Upconversion Materials

January 01, 2020

An important class of nanoparticles made of “upconversion” materials has found a central role in sensing. These nanoparticles are used to convert longer-wavelength photons into shorter-wavelength fluorescence to detect temperature, pH, gas molecules, ions, and trace biomolecules.

Advances in the Applications of Lasers for Bioimaging: Light Sheet Microscopy

October 01, 2019

Lasers allow advances for investigation of biological samples. Discussed here are some of the most interesting recent developments in light sheet microscopy for bioimaging, including a technique that allows for unique viewing of large, intact samples including biopsies.

Expert Perspectives on Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)

April 01, 2019

LIBS has transitioned from a method found only in research laboratories, to a technique in wide use in commercial settings. Several leading LIBS experts share their views on how the technique has developed and where it is heading.

Broadband High-Brightness Sources for Spectroscopy

January 01, 2019

In the near past, discharge lamps, dye lasers, and optical parametric oscillators were the only useful sources for spectroscopy. New broadband sources, such as supercontinuum lasers, laser-driven plasma sources, and high-brightness light-emitting diodes (LEDs), are now available. We look at what these options offer for spectroscopy.