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A real-time early warning system for pathogens in water
Author(s): John A. Adams; David McCarty; Kristina Crousore
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Paper Abstract

The events of September 11, 2001 represented an escalation in the means and effects of terrorist attacks and raised awareness of the vulnerability of major infrastructures such as transportation, finance, power and energy, communications, food, and water. A re-examination of the security of critical assets was initiated. Actions were taken in the United States to protect our drinking water. Anti-terrorism monitoring systems that allow us to take action before contaminated water can reach the consumer have been under development since then. This presentation will discuss the current performance of a laser-based, multi-angle light scattering (MALS) technology for continuous, real-time detection and classification of microorganisms for security applications in all drinking and process water applications inclusive of protection of major assets, potable and distributed water. Field test data for a number of waterborne pathogens will also be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6218, Chemical and Biological Sensing VII, 62180F (19 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.663476
Show Author Affiliations
John A. Adams, JMAR Technologies, Inc. (United States)
David McCarty, JMAR Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Kristina Crousore, JMAR Technologies, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6218:
Chemical and Biological Sensing VII
Patrick J. Gardner; Augustus W. Fountain, Editor(s)

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