Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 34, Number 2, May 2006
15th International Colloquium on Plasma processes (CIP 2005)
|Page(s)||139 - 142|
|Section||Plasma, Discharge and Processes|
|Published online||04 May 2006|
Plasma sterilization of Geobacillus Stearothermophilus by O2:N2 RF inductively coupled plasma
European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Via E. Fermi 1, 21020 Ispra, Italy
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Revised: 17 January 2006
Accepted: 17 January 2006
Published online: 4 May 2006
The aim of this work is to identify the main process responsible for sterilization of Geobacillus Stearothermophilus spores in O2:N2 RF inductively coupled plasma. In order to meet this objective the sterilization efficiencies of discharges in mixtures differing in the initial O2/N2 ratios are compared with plasma properties and with scanning electron microscopy images of treated spores. According to the obtained results it can be concluded that under our experimental conditions the time needed to reach complete sterilization is more related to O atom density than UV radiation intensity, i.e. complete sterilization is not related only to DNA damage as in UV sterilization but more likely to the etching of the spore.
PACS: 52.80.Pi – High-frequency and RF discharges / 52.77.-j – Plasma applications
© EDP Sciences, 2006
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