Articles | Volume 10, issue 11
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 4279–4302, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-4279-2017
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 4279–4302, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-4279-2017

Research article 10 Nov 2017

Research article | 10 Nov 2017

Systematic characterization and fluorescence threshold strategies for the wideband integrated bioaerosol sensor (WIBS) using size-resolved biological and interfering particles

Nicole J. Savage et al.

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We present a comprehensive characterization of a commonly used commercial instrument (WIBS) for the real-time detection of fluorescent bioaerosols and suggest improved analysis and threshold strategies. Summaries of both biological and potential interfering, non-biological particles (70 aerosol types in total) are discussed in detail. The strategies we suggest will minimize interference from non-biological particles and will aid instrument users’ interpretation of ambient particle data.