Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 33–47, 2018
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 33–47, 2018

Research article 08 Jan 2018

Research article | 08 Jan 2018

Electrodynamic balance–mass spectrometry of single particles as a new platform for atmospheric chemistry research

Adam W. Birdsall et al.

Model code and software

pyvap: kinetic model of multicomponent particle evaporation Adam W. Birdsall

Short summary
We have developed a laboratory system that provides mass spectra of individual particles, roughly 20 microns in diameter, after they have been levitated in an electric field. Measured evaporation of polyethylene glycol particles was found to agree with a kinetic model. The system can be used to study fundamental chemical and physical processes involving particles that are difficult to isolate and study with other techniques, and hence improve our understanding of atmospheric particles.