Collection Efficiency of the Aerosol Mass Spectrometer for Chamber-Generated...

Docherty, K. S., M. Jaoui, E. Corse, J. Jimenez-Palacios, J. H. Offenberg, M. Lewandowski, and T. E. Kleindienst (2013), Collection Efficiency of the Aerosol Mass Spectrometer for Chamber-Generated Secondary Organic Aerosols, Aerosol Sci. Tech., 47, 294-309, doi:10.1080/02786826.2012.752572.

The collection efficiency (CE) of the aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS) for chamber-generated secondary organic aerosol (SOA) at elevated mass concentrations (range: 19–207 µg m−3; average: 64 µg m−3) and under dry conditions was investigated by comparing AMS measurements to scanning mobility particle sizer (SMPS), Sunset semi-continuous carbon monitor (Sunset), and gravimetric filter measurements. While SMPS and Sunset measurements are consistent with gravimetric filter measurements throughout a series of reactions with varying parent hydrocarbon/oxidant combinations, AMS CE values were highly variable ranging from unity to <15%. The majority of mass discrepancy reflected by low CE values does not appear to be due to particle losses either in the aerodynamic lens system or in the vacuum chamber as the contributions of these mechanisms to CE are low and negligible, respectively. As a result, the largest contribution to CE in the case of chamber-generated SOA appears to be due to particle bounce at the vaporizer surface before volatilization, which is consistent with earlier studies that have investigated the CE of ambient and select laboratory-generated particles. CE values obtained throughout the series of reactions conducted here are also well correlated with the f 44 /f 57 ratio, thereby indicating both that the composition of the organic fraction has an important impact on the CE of chamber-generated SOA and that this effect may be linked to the extent to which the organic fraction is oxidized.

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