Lasers in Medical Science

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 79–83 | Cite as

Quantitative analysis of pathological nails using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) technique

  • S. Hamzaoui
  • R. Khleifia
  • N. Jaïdane
  • Z. Ben Lakhdar
Original Article


Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) has been used as a potential method for simultaneous measurement of the elements Ca, Na, and K, for normal and pathological nails. We compared the measured LIBS spectra of these elements for normal and pathological nails. The \( B^{2} \sum ^{ + } \to {\text{X}}^{2} \sum ^{ + } \) violet band emission spectrum of CN was used for the estimation of the transient temperature of the plasma plume and consequently of the sample surface considering thermodynamic equilibrium.


Nails Onychomycosis Plasma Vibrational temperature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Hamzaoui
    • 1
  • R. Khleifia
    • 2
  • N. Jaïdane
    • 1
  • Z. Ben Lakhdar
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Atomic Molecular Spectroscopy and ApplicationsFaculty of Sciences of TunisTunisTunisia
  2. 2.Hospital-University Center Habib Thameur TunisTunisTunisia

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