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Formaldehyde is an abundant, photochemically influential trace species in the Earth’s atmosphere. We present a new instrument for measuring atmospheric formaldehyde using a laser-based measurement technique that is more compact and lower cost than previous laser-based formaldehyde instruments. The instrument is part of the Alpha Jet Atmospheric eXperiment (AJAX) payload at the NASA Ames Research Center and has collected data on 27 flights between December 2015 and March 2017.
Articles | Volume 10, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 4833–4844, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-4833-2017
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 4833–4844, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-10-4833-2017

Research article 12 Dec 2017

Research article | 12 Dec 2017

A new non-resonant laser-induced fluorescence instrument for the airborne in situ measurement of formaldehyde

Jason M. St. Clair et al.

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