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Optics Express

  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 15 — Jul. 24, 2006
  • pp: 6942–6950

Optical scattering by biological aerosols: experimental and computational results on spore simulants

Orazio I. Sindoni, Rosalba Saija, Maria Antonia Iatí, Ferdinando Borghese, Paolo Denti, Gustavo E. Fernandes, Yong-Le Pan, and Richard K. Chang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 15, pp. 6942-6950 (2006)

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We present both a computational and an experimental approach to the problem of biological aerosol characterization, joining the expertises reached in the field of theoretical optical scattering by complex, arbitrary shaped particles (multipole expansion of the electromagnetic fields and Transition Matrix), and a novel experimental technique based on two-dimensional angular optical scattering (TAOS). The good agreement between experimental and computational results, together with the possibility for a laboratory single-particle angle-resolved investigation, opens a new scenario in biological particle modelling, and might have major implications for a rapid discrimination of airborne particles.

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(010.1100) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosol detection
(100.5010) Image processing : Pattern recognition
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

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Original Manuscript: April 27, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 3, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 14, 2006
Published: July 24, 2006

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Orazio I. Sindoni, Rosalba Saija, Maria Antonia Iatì, Ferdinando Borghese, Paolo Denti, Gustavo E. Fernandes, Yong-Le Pan, and Richard K. Chang, "Optical scattering by biological aerosols: experimental and computational results on spore simulants," Opt. Express 14, 6942-6950 (2006)

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