Chamber catalogues of optical and fluorescent signatures distinguish bioaerosol classes

Rapid bioaerosol characterization has immediate applications in the military, environmental and public health sectors. Recent technological advances have facilitated single-particle detection of fluorescent aerosol in near real time; this leverages controlled ultraviolet exposures with single or multiple wavelengths, followed by the characterization of associated fluorescence. This type of ultraviolet induced fluorescence has been used to detect airborne microorganisms and their fragments in laboratory studies, and it has been extended to field studies that implicate bioaerosol to compose a substantial fraction of supermicron atmospheric particles.

- Mark Hernandez1, Anne E. Perring2,3, Kevin McCabe4, Greg Kok5, Gary Granger5, and Darrel Baumgardner5