Characterization of ambient aerosols at the San Francisco International Airport using BioAerosol Mass Spectrometry

Paul T. Steele, Erica L. McJimpsey, Keith R. Coffee, David P. Fergenson, Vincent J. Riot, Herbert J. Tobias, Bruce W. Woods, Eric E. Gard, Matthias Frank

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The BioAerosol Mass Spectrometry (BAMS) system is a rapidly fieldable, fully autonomous instrument that can perform correlated measurements of multiple orthogonal properties of individual aerosol particles. The BAMS front end uses optical techniques to nondestructively measure a particle's aerodynamic diameter and fluorescence properties. Fluorescence can be excited at 266nm or 355nm and is detected in two broad wavelength bands. Individual particles with appropriate size and fluorescence properties can then be analyzed more thoroughly in a dual-polarity time-of-flight mass spectrometer. Over the course of two deployments to the San Francisco International Airport, more than 6.5 million individual aerosol particles were fully analyzed by the system. Analysis of the resulting data has provided a number of important insights relevant to rapid bioaerosol detection, which are described here.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChemical and Biological Sensing VII
StatePublished - Aug 23 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventChemical and Biological Sensing VII - Kissimmee, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 19 2006Apr 21 2006


OtherChemical and Biological Sensing VII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKissimmee, FL


  • Airport
  • Bioaerosols
  • Fluorescence
  • Mass spectrometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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