Size Calibration Corrections for the Forward Scattering Spectrometer Probe (FSSP) for Measurement of Atmospheric Aerosols of Different Refractive Indices

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  • 1 NOAA/Environmental Research Laboratories, Air Resources Laboratory, GMCC, Air Quality Group, Boulder, Colorado
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Abstract

The response of the Forward Scattering Spectrometer probe (FSSP) is affected by the optical properties of measured particles. The manufacturer's size calibration data are specifically applicable to nonabsorbing water droplets. Response functions of the FSSP probe are calculated for different complex refractive indices corresponding to different types of atmospheric aerosols under various relative humidity Conditions. Based on the results of these response calculations, new corrected size calibrations are determined for six relative humidity values (0%, 50%, 70%, 80%, 90% and 99%) and for three atmospheric aerosol types (Rural, Urban and Maritime). Sample calculations with these corrected size calibration data show that a significant underestimation of the aerosol size/volume distribution can result, especially for dry atmospheric aerosols, if the manufacturer's size calibration data are used.

Abstract

The response of the Forward Scattering Spectrometer probe (FSSP) is affected by the optical properties of measured particles. The manufacturer's size calibration data are specifically applicable to nonabsorbing water droplets. Response functions of the FSSP probe are calculated for different complex refractive indices corresponding to different types of atmospheric aerosols under various relative humidity Conditions. Based on the results of these response calculations, new corrected size calibrations are determined for six relative humidity values (0%, 50%, 70%, 80%, 90% and 99%) and for three atmospheric aerosol types (Rural, Urban and Maritime). Sample calculations with these corrected size calibration data show that a significant underestimation of the aerosol size/volume distribution can result, especially for dry atmospheric aerosols, if the manufacturer's size calibration data are used.

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