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A new real-time biological agent characterisation system
Author(s): J. M. Clark; M. J. Shelton; S. P. Evans; P. D. Smith; I. A. Simpson; P. H. Kaye
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Paper Abstract

The following paper describes the core technology of a real time optical biological agent detection system which has been developed from Biral's existing and proven ASASTM family of biological agent triggers and sensors. The sensor for the system has additional capabilities based on the introduction of a fluorescence sensor providing greater discrimination than previously available. The new sensor will be incorporated in the Integrated Sensor Management System (ISMS) which utilises complex real-time data tracking algorithms that simultaneously monitor the different aerosol characteristics. The system is capable of tracking and adjusting the sensor alert levels to take into account the constantly changing aerosol environment and thus significantly reduces the risk of false alarms. The use of two measurement systems, ASASTM and fluorescence in one sensor is a unique combination and a major advancement in the field of airborne biological agent detection and warning.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 October 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5990, Optically Based Materials and Optically Based Biological and Chemical Sensing for Defence II, 59900Z (28 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.634065
Show Author Affiliations
J. M. Clark, BIRAL (United Kingdom)
M. J. Shelton, BIRAL (United Kingdom)
S. P. Evans, BIRAL (United Kingdom)
P. D. Smith, BIRAL (United Kingdom)
I. A. Simpson, BIRAL (United Kingdom)
P. H. Kaye, Univ. of Hertfordshire (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5990:
Optically Based Materials and Optically Based Biological and Chemical Sensing for Defence II
Anthony W. Vere; John C. Carrano; Arturas Zukauskas; James G. Grote; Francois Kajzar, Editor(s)

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