Sterilization of small vial using electron cyclotron resonance plasma

Tatsuya Nishikawa, Norihito Abe, Akira Yonesu, Nobuya Hayashi

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Abstract

The sterilization of a small vial using electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) plasma was investigated. The ECR plasma was generated throughout the inside of the small vial, which was sealed with nonwoven fabric, by using magnetic configuration in which the ECR point was located inside the small vial. Moreover, it was demonstrated that the temperature of the small vial was finely controlled by the pulse width and pulse frequency of the pulsed microwave power. A biological indicator (BI), Geobacillus Stearothermophilus, containing 1 × 105 spores present inside the small vial was successfully inactivated in a total treatment time of about 14 min while maintaining treatment temperature of less than 65 °C.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-104
Number of pages5
JournalVacuum
Volume157
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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