Decontamination apparatus and method using an activated cleaning fluid mist

  • US 7,008,592 B2
  • Filed: 11/01/2001
  • Issued: 03/07/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/06/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A decontamination apparatus comprising:

  • a source of a cleaning fluid;

    a mist generator having an input flow of the cleaning fluid and an output flow of a mist of the cleaning fluid at substantially one atmosphere ambient pressure; and

    an activator positioned to activate the mist of the cleaning fluid to produce an activated cleaning fluid mist including activatable species excited to an ion, plasma or free radical state, wherein the activator produces activating energy selected from the group consisting of electric energy and photonic energy.

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