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Aerosol particle analyzer for measuring an analyte in airborne particles

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Aerosol particle analyzer (APA) for measuring an analyte in airborne particle is described. Airborne particles are first given an electrical charge and then drawn in air past an oppositely charged volume of an analysis liquid that exposed to the air at a small hole in a container, such as a capillary, that holds that analysis liquid. Electrostatic forces enhance the rate that the airborne particles collide with the small exposed volume of the analysis liquid in the hole. If the particles that collide with the analysis liquid contain the analyte, an optical property of the analysis liquid, such as the fluorescence, varies according to the amount of the analyte in the particles. This optical property is measured and the amount of analyte in the particles is determined from the measured optical property.

Inventors: 
Lin, Horn-bond; Hill, Steven Clyde
Patent Number: 
Technical domain: 
Biotechnology and Healthcare
FIle Date: 
2004-03-26
Grant Date: 
2007-04-10
Grant time: 
1,110 days
Grant time percentile rank: 
20
Claim count percentile rank: 
6
Citations percentile rank: 
1
'Cited by' percentile rank: 
1
Assignee: 
US ARMY