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The paper describes a new technique for measuring the hygroscopic properties of laboratory and ambient aerosols. The direct measurements of humidified particle mass allow avoiding complications that occur in the commonly used technique due to poorly defined particle morphology and density. Both test results and field measurements have shown that the system can be applied for aerosol size-resolved mass growth factor measurements in hydration and dehydration modes up to 95 % RH.
Articles | Volume 10, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 1269–1280, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-1269-2017
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 1269–1280, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-1269-2017

Research article 30 Mar 2017

Research article | 30 Mar 2017

Tandem configuration of differential mobility and centrifugal particle mass analysers for investigating aerosol hygroscopic properties

Sergey S. Vlasenko et al.

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The paper describes a new technique for measuring the hygroscopic properties of laboratory and ambient aerosols. The direct measurements of humidified particle mass allow avoiding complications that occur in the commonly used technique due to poorly defined particle morphology and density. Both test results and field measurements have shown that the system can be applied for aerosol size-resolved mass growth factor measurements in hydration and dehydration modes up to 95 % RH.
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