Wavelength-Dependent Optical Absorption Properties of Artificial and Atmospheric Aerosol Measured by a Multi-Wavelength Photoacoustic Spectrometer


Various aspects of the photoacoustic (PA) detection method are discussed from the point of view of developing it into a routine tool for measuring the wavelength-dependent optical absorption coefficient of artificial and atmospheric aerosol. The discussion includes the issues of calibration, cross-sensitivity to gaseous molecules, background PA signal subtraction, and size-dependent particle losses within the PA system. The results in this paper are based on a recently developed four-wavelength PA system, which has operational wavelengths in the near-infrared, in the visible, and in the ultraviolet. The measured spectra of artificial and atmospheric aerosol prove the outstanding applicability of the presented PA system.

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Financial support by the Hungarian Scientific Research Foundation (OTKA, Project No. K101905) is gratefully acknowledged. The European Union and the European Social Fund have provided financial support to the project under Project Nos. TÁMOP-4.2.2.A-11/1/KONV-2012-0047 and TÁMOP FUTURICT 4.2.2.C-11/1/KONV-2012-0013. The research of Noémi Utry was supported by the European Union and the State of Hungary, co-financed by the European Social Fund in the Framework of TÁMOP-4.2.4.A/2-11/1-2012-0001 ‘National Excellence Program.’

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Utry, N., Ajtai, T., Pintér, M. et al. Wavelength-Dependent Optical Absorption Properties of Artificial and Atmospheric Aerosol Measured by a Multi-Wavelength Photoacoustic Spectrometer. Int J Thermophys 35, 2246–2258 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10765-014-1746-6

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  • Angström exponent
  • Light absorption
  • Photoacoustic
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