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BioSense/SR-BioSpectra demonstrations of wide area/early warning for bioaerosol threats: program description and early test and evaluation results
Author(s): Jean-Robert Simard; Sylvie Buteau; Pierre Lahaie; Pierre Mathieu; Gilles Roy; Denis Nadeau; John McFee; Jim Ho; Susan Rowsell; Nicolas Ho; François Babin; Daniel Cantin; Dave Healey; Jennifer Robinson; Scott Wood; Jack Hsu
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Paper Abstract

Threats associated with bioaerosol weapons have been around for several decades and have been mostly associated with terrorist activities or rogue nations. Up to the turn of the millennium, defence concepts against such menaces relied mainly on point or in-situ detection technologies. Over the last 10 years, significant efforts have been deployed by multiple countries to supplement the limited spatial coverage of a network of one or more point bio-detectors using lidar technology. The addition of such technology makes it possible to detect within seconds suspect aerosol clouds over area of several tens of square kilometers and track their trajectories. These additional capabilities are paramount in directing presumptive ID missions, mapping hazardous areas, establishing efficient counter-measures and supporting subsequent forensic investigations. In order to develop such capabilities, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and the Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear, and Explosives Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI) have supported two major demonstrations based on spectrally resolved Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) lidar: BioSense, aimed at defence military missions in wide open spaces, and SR-BioSpectra, aimed at surveillance of enclosed or semienclosed wide spaces common to defence and public security missions. This article first reviews briefly the modeling behind these demonstration concepts. Second, the lidar-adapted and the benchtop bioaerosol LIF chambers (BSL1), developed to challenge the constructed detection systems and to accelerate the population of the library of spectral LIF properties of bioaerosols and interferents of interest, will be described. Next, the most recent test and evaluation (T&E) results obtained with SR-BioSpectra and BioSense are reported. Finally, a brief discussion stating the way ahead for a complete defence suite is provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2011
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8189, Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting VII; Optical Materials in Defence Systems Technology VIII; and Quantum-Physics-based Information Security, 81890E (13 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.894631
Show Author Affiliations
Jean-Robert Simard, Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier (Canada)
Sylvie Buteau, Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier (Canada)
Pierre Lahaie, Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier (Canada)
Pierre Mathieu, Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier (Canada)
Gilles Roy, Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier (Canada)
Denis Nadeau, Defence Research and Development Canada, Suffield (Canada)
John McFee, Defence Research and Development Canada, Suffield (Canada)
Jim Ho, Defence Research and Development Canada, Suffield (Canada)
Susan Rowsell, Defence Research and Development Canada, Suffield (Canada)
Nicolas Ho, INO (Canada)
François Babin, INO (Canada)
Daniel Cantin, INO (Canada)
Dave Healey, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (Canada)
Jennifer Robinson, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (Canada)
Scott Wood, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (Canada)
Jack Hsu, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8189:
Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting VII; Optical Materials in Defence Systems Technology VIII; and Quantum-Physics-based Information Security
Roberto Zamboni; Mark T. Gruneisen; Colin Lewis; Miloslav Dusek; Douglas Burgess; François Kajzar; Attila A. Szep; John G. Rarity, Editor(s)

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