Spectral signature of native CN bonds for bacterium detection and identification using femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

Abstract : A sample of Escherichia coli has been analyzed by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) using femtosecond pulses. The spectrum shows strong CN molecular bands due to the direct ablation of native CN molecular bonds from the bacteria in contrast with weak atomic lines from carbon. The native nature of the observed CN bonds is supported by the kinetic behavior of the CN band head which rapidly decays with a time constant of 94 ns, while for a pure graphite sample the CN band head increases with a delay of 450 ns due to recombination with the ambient air. Moreover, about hundred resolved lines belonging to 12 atomic or molecular species are recorded, providing a valuable spectral signature to identify the bacterium.
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Matthieu Baudelet, Laurent Guyon, Jin Yu, Jean-Pierre Wolf, Tanguy Amodeo, et al.. Spectral signature of native CN bonds for bacterium detection and identification using femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. Applied Physics Letters, American Institute of Physics, 2006, 88 (6), pp.art n° 063901. ⟨10.1063/1.2170437⟩. ⟨ineris-00963001⟩

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