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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 3 — Feb. 4, 2008
  • pp: 2191–2205

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A fixed frequency aerosol albedometer

Jonathan E. Thompson, Nick Barta, Danielle Policarpio, and Rick DuVall  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 3, pp. 2191-2205 (2008)

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A new method for the measurement of aerosol single scatter albedo (ω) at 532 nm was developed. The method employs cavity ringdown spectroscopy (CRDS) for measurement of aerosol extinction coefficient (bext ) and an integrating sphere nephelometer for determination of aerosol scattering coefficient (bscat ). A unique feature of this method is that the extinction and scattering measurements are conducted simultaneously, on the exact same sample volume. Limits of detection (3s) for the extinction and scattering channel were 0.61 Mm-1 and 2.7 Mm-1 respectively.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2170) General : Equipment and techniques
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(010.1120) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Air pollution monitoring
(120.3150) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Integrating spheres
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(290.1090) Scattering : Aerosol and cloud effects

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: December 3, 2007
Revised Manuscript: January 14, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 28, 2008
Published: January 31, 2008

Jonathan E. Thompson, Nick Barta, Danielle Policarpio, and Richard DuVall, "A fixed frequency aerosol albedometer," Opt. Express 16, 2191-2205 (2008)

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