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Development and application of the multi-wavelength cavity ring-down aerosol extinction spectrometer
- Li, Junling, Wang, Weigang, Li, Kun, Zhang, Wenyu, Ge, Maofa, Peng, Chao
- Journal of environmental sciences (China) 2019 v.76 pp. 227-237
- aerosols, ammonium sulfate, refractive index, spectrometers, wavelengths
- To better characterize the optical properties of atmospheric aerosols, the multi-wavelength cavity ring-down aerosol extinction spectrometer (MCRD-AES) is developed and applied in this study. By using tunable light source and four parallel cavities, the MCRD-AES covers a wide and atmospherically relevant wavelength range from 360 to 663 nm. Four wavelengths (375 nm, 440 nm, 532 nm, and 620 nm) are particularly tested with ammonium sulfate and nigrosine. The refractive index values obtained from this study agree well with literature data. The stability and accuracy of the MCRD-AES are tested, and the minimum detectable extinction coefficient is 0.5 1/Mm. The high sensitivity, high precision, and wavelength changeable of MCRD-AES indicate its great application prospect in comprehensively quantifying the optical properties of atmospheric aerosols.