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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 15 — Jul. 24, 2006
  • pp: 6951–6962

White light Mie resonance spectroscopy used to measure very low vapor pressures of substances in aqueous solution aerosol particles

Alessandro A. Zardini, Ulrich K. Krieger, and Claudia Marcolli  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 15, pp. 6951-6962 (2006)

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We report a novel and fairly simple optical technique for sizing and measuring the evaporation rates of aqueous solution aerosol particles. A ball-lens LED with high degree of spatial coherence is used as a “white” light source to excite the Morphology Dependent Resonance (MDR) spectra of a microdroplet levitated in an electrodynamic balance (EDB). The spectra are recorded by an Optical Multichannel Analyzer. We show that very low vapor pressures of substances in aqueous solution particles can be measured for different temperatures and relative humidities (hence for different concentrations). As an application we measured the vapor pressure and the enthalpy of vaporization of aqueous malonic acid, a substance of interest for atmospheric science.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.1110) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Aerosols
(230.3670) Optical devices : Light-emitting diodes
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory

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Original Manuscript: May 1, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 11, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 14, 2006
Published: July 24, 2006

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Alessandro A. Zardini, Ulrich K. Krieger, and Claudia Marcolli, "White light Mie resonance spectroscopy used to measure very low vapor pressures of substances in aqueous solution aerosol particles," Opt. Express 14, 6951-6962 (2006)

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