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Reassociation of Skeletal Remains Using

Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy




Illustration of skeleton decomposition stages with labels, a stamp labeled "PLIBS" pointing to decomposition progression, and boxes highlighting elements like Ca, P, C, Na, K, Mg, Ba, Sr, Al.


Kristen M. Livingston, Katie Zejdlik, and Matthieu Baudelet

Analytical Chemistry

DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.4c00876