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Biological aerosol detection with the tactical biological (TAC-BIO) detector
Author(s): Aime Poldmae; Jerry Cabalo; Marla De Lucia; Fiona Narayanan; Lester Strauch III; David Sickenberger
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Paper Abstract

Ultra-violet fluorescence remains a cornerstone technique for the detection of biological agent aerosols. Historically, these UV based detectors have employed relatively costly and power demanding lasers that have influenced the exploitation of the technology to wider use. Recent advancements from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Solid-state Ultra Violet Optical Sources (SUVOS) program have changed this. The UV light emitting diode (LED) devices based on Gallium Nitride offer a unique opportunity to produce small, low power, and inexpensive detectors. It may, in fact, be possible to extend the SUVOS technology into detectors that are potentially disposable. This report will present ongoing efforts to explore this possibility. It will present the Tactical Biological (TAC-BIO) detector as such a solution for low cost, low power, lightweight device for biological agent detection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6398, Optically Based Biological and Chemical Detection for Defence III, 63980E (13 October 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.687944
Show Author Affiliations
Aime Poldmae, U.S. Army ECBC (United States)
Jerry Cabalo, U.S. Army ECBC (United States)
Marla De Lucia, U.S. Army ECBC (United States)
Fiona Narayanan, U.S. Army ECBC (United States)
Lester Strauch III, U.S. Army ECBC (United States)
David Sickenberger, U.S. Army ECBC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6398:
Optically Based Biological and Chemical Detection for Defence III
John C. Carrano; Arturas Zukauskas, Editor(s)

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