Articles | Volume 11, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 3491–3509, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-3491-2018
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 3491–3509, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-3491-2018

Research article 19 Jun 2018

Research article | 19 Jun 2018

Fast time response measurements of particle size distributions in the 3–60 nm size range with the nucleation mode aerosol size spectrometer

Christina Williamson et al.

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We describe the operating principle, design and performance of the Nucleation Mode Aerosol Size Spectrometer (NMASS), an instrument composed of 5 condensation particle counters measuring size selected particle concentrations between 3 and 60 nm. An inversion to recover size distributions from the data is evaluated. Calibrations of a 2-NMASS system for measuring size distributions on the NASA Atmospheric Tomography Mission, and examples of its in-flight performance are presented.