Optical technologies for the detection of viruses like COVID-19: Progress and prospects

Lukose, Jijo and Chidangil, Santhosh and George, Sajan D (2021) Optical technologies for the detection of viruses like COVID-19: Progress and prospects. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 178 (9). pp. 1-10. ISSN 0956-5663

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The outbreak of life-threatening pandemic like COVID-19 necessitated the development of novel, rapid and costeffective techniques that facilitate detection of viruses like SARS-CoV-2. The presently popular approach of a collection of samples using the nasopharyngeal swab method and subsequent detection of RNA using the realtime polymerase chain reaction suffers from false-positive results and a longer diagnostic time scale. Alternatively, various optical techniques namely optical sensing, spectroscopy, and imaging shows a great promise in virus detection. Herein, a comprehensive review of the various photonics technologies employed for virus detection, particularly the SARS-CoV family, is discussed. The state-of-art research activities in utilizing the photonics tools such as near-infrared spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, fluorescence-based techniques, super-resolution microscopy, surface plasmon resonance-based detection, for virus detection accounted extensively with an emphasis on coronavirus detection. Further, an account of emerging photonics technologies of SARS-CoV-2 detection and future possibilities is also explained. The progress in the field of optical techniques for virus detection unambiguously show a great promise in the development of rapid photonics-based devices for COVID-19 detection.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; virus; photonics; optical spectroscopy; optical imaging; surface plasmon resonance.
Subjects: Departments at MU > Atomic Molecular Physics
Life Sciences > MLSC Manipal
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2021 10:06
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2021 10:06
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/156957

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