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13 October 2006 Biological aerosol detection with the tactical biological (TAC-BIO) detector
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Ultra-violet fluorescence remains a cornerstone technique for the detection of biological agent aerosols. Historically, these UV based detectors have employed relatively costly and power demanding lasers that have influenced the exploitation of the technology to wider use. Recent advancements from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Solid-state Ultra Violet Optical Sources (SUVOS) program have changed this. The UV light emitting diode (LED) devices based on Gallium Nitride offer a unique opportunity to produce small, low power, and inexpensive detectors. It may, in fact, be possible to extend the SUVOS technology into detectors that are potentially disposable. This report will present ongoing efforts to explore this possibility. It will present the Tactical Biological (TAC-BIO) detector as such a solution for low cost, low power, lightweight device for biological agent detection.
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Aime Poldmae, Jerry Cabalo, Marla De Lucia, Fiona Narayanan, Lester Strauch III, and David Sickenberger "Biological aerosol detection with the tactical biological (TAC-BIO) detector", Proc. SPIE 6398, Optically Based Biological and Chemical Detection for Defence III, 63980E (13 October 2006);


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