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AN AIRBORNE FLAME PHOTOMETER AND ITS USE IN THE SCANNING OF MARINE ATMOSPHERES FOR SEA-SALT PARTICLES

A. H. WoodcockWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Abstract

An airborne flame photometer for the identification of large sodium-bearing aerosols from aircraft is briefly described. This instrument is a modified form of a laboratory device which has been used to count sodium particles. A rough calibration of the flame photometer, in terms of the total amounts of sea-salt in marine air, is discussed. Preliminary observations in trade-wind areas are given and an interesting concentration of sodium in cumulus clouds is indicated.

Abstract

An airborne flame photometer for the identification of large sodium-bearing aerosols from aircraft is briefly described. This instrument is a modified form of a laboratory device which has been used to count sodium particles. A rough calibration of the flame photometer, in terms of the total amounts of sea-salt in marine air, is discussed. Preliminary observations in trade-wind areas are given and an interesting concentration of sodium in cumulus clouds is indicated.

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