Fluid-borne Particle Analysers
Centre for Atmospheric and Climate Physics Research
School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics
Science & Technology Research Institute
Kaye, Paul H.
This invention describes an improved method and apparatus for the analysis of fluid borne particles and which is especially suitable for the detection of airborne biological particles. In one aspect of the invention provides an apparatus for the detection of fluid borne particles which comprises a zone through which a fluid to be analyzed flows in use, a source of illumination to illuminate/irradiate fluid borne particles present in said zone, and a detector to detect light from the particles as an indicator of the presence or characteristics of the particles, wherein the apparatus comprises an integrating sphere and the zone is within the integrating sphere. The apparatus is highly sensitive and can be used for detecting airborne particles even where the particles are present at very low particle concentrations in the air.