Real-time detection and characterization of individual flowing airborne biological particles: fluorescence spectra and elastic scattering measurements

  • Pan Y
  • Holler S
  • Chang R
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Real-time methods which is reagentless and could detect and partially characterize bioaerosols are of current interest. We present a technique for real-time measurement of UV-excited fluorescence spectra and two-dimensional angular optical scattering (TAOS) from individual flowing biological aerosol particles. The fluorescence spectra have been observed from more than 20 samples including Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Erwinia herbicola, allergens, dust, and smoke. The S/N and resolution of the spectra are sufficient for observing small lineshape differences among the same type of bioaerosol prepared under different conditions. The additional information from TAOS regarding particle size, shape, and granularity has the potential of aiding in distinguishing bacterial aerosols from other aerosols, such as diesel and cigarette smoke.

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  • aerosol fluorescence spectra
  • bioaerosols
  • single particle spectroscopy
  • two-dimensional angular optical

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  • Yong-le Pan

  • S Holler

  • R K Chang

  • S C Hill

  • R G Pinnick

  • Stanley Niles

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