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Optical Techniques for the Measurement of Light Absorption by Particulates

  • H. E. Gerber

Abstract

A review is presented of the available techniques of measuring particulate light-absorption properties, the imaginary part of the particulates’ refractive index and the aerosols’ absorption coefficient. Included is a discussion of the applicability, accuracy, and cost of the techniques; and data collected to date with the techniques is summarized. Evidence is presented to answer the question: Does a quantitative relationship exist between the atmospheric light-absorption properties of particulates and elemental carbon? Finally, research areas are identified in which instrumentation development and field work are required to improve the understanding of the role absorbing particulate species play in atmospheric optics.

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Aerosol Particle Absorption Property Elemental Carbon Carbonaceous Particle Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. E. Gerber
    • 1
  1. 1.Naval Research LaboratoryUSA

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