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27 February 2004 Outdoor chamber measurements of biological aerosols with a passive FTIR spectrometer
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Proceedings Volume 5268, Chemical and Biological Standoff Detection; (2004)
Event: Optical Technologies for Industrial, Environmental, and Biological Sensing, 2003, Providence, RI, United States
Outdoor measurements of dry bacillus subtilis (BG) spores were conducted with a passive Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer using two types of chambers. One was a large open-ended cell, and the other was a canyon of similar dimensions. The canyon exposes the aerosol plume to downwelling sky radiance, while the open-ended cell does not. The goal of the experiments was to develop a suitable test methodology for evaluation of passive standoff detectors for open-air aerosol measurements. Dry BG aerosol particles were dispersed with a blower through an opening in the side of the chamber to create a pseudo-stationary plume, wind conditions permitting. Numerous trials were performed with the FTIR spectrometer positioned to view mountain, sky and mixed mountain-sky backgrounds. This paper will discuss the results of the FTIR measurements for BG and Kaolin dust releases.
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Francis M. D'Amico, Darren K. Emge, and Geoffrey J. Roelant "Outdoor chamber measurements of biological aerosols with a passive FTIR spectrometer", Proc. SPIE 5268, Chemical and Biological Standoff Detection, (27 February 2004);

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