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Polarimetric bio-aerosol detection: numerical simulation
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Paper Abstract

This paper examines the use of bi-static lidar to remotely detect the release of aerosolized biological agent. The detection scheme exploits bio-aerosol induced changes in the Stokes parameters of scattered radiation in comparison to scattered radiation from ambient background aerosols alone. A polarization distance metric is introduced to discriminate between changes caused by the two types of aerosols. Scattering code computations are the information source. Three application scenarios are considered: outdoor arena, indoor auditorium, and building heating-ventilation-air-conditioning (HVAC) system. Numerical simulations are employed to determine sensitivity of detection to laser wavelength and to particle physical properties. Results of the study are described and details are given for the specific example of a 1.50 μm lidar system operating outdoors over a 1000-m range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 2005
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 5995, Chemical and Biological Standoff Detection III, 59950Z (3 November 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.631337
Show Author Affiliations
J. William Snow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Lab. (United States)
W. Ed Bicknell, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Hsiao-hua K. Burke, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5995:
Chemical and Biological Standoff Detection III
James O. Jensen; Jean-Marc Thériault, Editor(s)

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