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Classification of single particle optical scattering patterns by the spectrum enhancement algorithm
Author(s): Giovanni F. Crosta
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Paper Abstract

Airborne material particles in the 5μm size range have been collected, resuspended and analyzed by the TAOS (two-dimensional angular optical scattering) technique. The corresponding patterns of light intensity scattered by single particles have been automatically classified by an algorithm based on "spectrum enhancement", multivariate statistics and supervised optimization. The enhanced spectrum has resulted from some non-linear operations on fractional spatial derivatives of the pattern. It has yielded morphological descriptors of the pattern. A multiobjective optimization algorithm has included principal components analysis and has maximized pairwise discrimination between classes. The classifier has been trained by TAOS patterns from 10μm polystyrene spheres (P) and background aerosol particles (B). Then it has been applied to recognize patterns from airborne debris (A) sampled on a car racing track. Training with at least 10 patterns per class has discriminated P and B from A at confidence levels ≥90%. Training by samples of smaller sizes (e.g., 5P and 12B patterns) has obviously yielded lower confidence levels (65% in B-A discrimination).

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 November 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5994, Chemical and Biological Sensors for Industrial and Environmental Security, 599402 (9 November 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.629064
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Giovanni F. Crosta, Univ. of Milan/Bicocca (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5994:
Chemical and Biological Sensors for Industrial and Environmental Security
Arthur J. Sedlacek III; Steven D. Christesen; Roger J. Combs; Tuan Vo-Dinh, Editor(s)

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