Richard Picard

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BACKGROUND Concern over bio-terrorism has led to recognition that traditional public health surveillance for specific conditions is unlikely to provide timely indication of some disease outbreaks, either naturally occurring or induced by a bioweapon. In non-traditional surveillance, the use of health care resources are monitored in "near real" time for the(More)
Optically induced resonance Raman transitions in atomic and molecular beams are proposed as a means of achieving ultrahigh resolution in the microwave and far-infrared regions. Line broadening that is due to laser jitter is eliminated by correlating the frequency jitter of the two optical fields inducing the Raman transition. A Ramanseparated(More)
An analysis of the statistics of laser-induced damage to thin films is carried out for the commonly assumed single-defect model, in which damage is caused by irradiation of identical, randomly distributed defects in the film. The probability for damage due to a single irradiation with a beam of Gaussian spatial profile is calculated, and it is shown that(More)
BACKGROUND Syndromic surveillance (SS) can potentially contribute to outbreak detection capability by providing timely, novel data sources. One SS challenge is that some syndrome counts vary with season in a manner that is not identical from year to year. Our goal is to evaluate the impact of inconsistent seasonal effects on performance assessments (false(More)
Simultaneous observations of mesospheric gravity waves and sprites generated by a midwestern thunderstorm" (2003). Abstract The present report investigates using simultaneous observations of coincident gravity waves and sprites to establish an upper limit on sprite-associated thermal energy deposition in the mesosphere. The University of Alaska operated a(More)
Public health authorities need a surveillance system that is sensitive enough to detect a disease outbreak early to enable a proper response. In order to meet this challenge we have deployed a pilot component-based system in Albuquerque, NM as part of the National Biodefense Initiative (BDI). B-SAFER gathers routinely collected data from healthcare(More)
Currently deployed passive gamma and neutron detectors screen for illicit nuclear material. Archived data can help evaluate special nuclear material detection probabilities and investigate several related issues, including (1) nuisance gamma alarms arising from naturally occurring radiation, (2) the impact of drifting neutron and gamma background rates, and(More)