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Size distribution of elemental carbon, sulphur and total mass in the radius range 10−6to 10−4cm

Authors
Journal
The Science of The Total Environment
0048-9697
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
36
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0048-9697(84)90279-1
Disciplines
  • Earth Science

Abstract

Abstract Atmospheric aerosol samples were collected with a combination of a cyclone, a 4-stage cascade impactor and a 3-stage screen diffusion battery. On the same substrates (membrane filters or polycarbonate foils) a number of independent analyses were performed: total particulate mass by means of an electrobalance, elemental carbon with a soot photometer and sulphur through particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE). The different source and aging processes of soot and sulphur caused systematic differences in the mass size distributions of the different elements. The shape of the distributions could be related to the apparent age of the aerosol under different meteorological conditions.

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