Articles | Volume 11, issue 12
Research article
03 Dec 2018
Research article |  | 03 Dec 2018

Can ozone be used to calibrate aerosol photoacoustic spectrometers?

D. Al Fischer and Geoffrey D. Smith

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Subject: Aerosols | Technique: Laboratory Measurement | Topic: Validation and Intercomparisons
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Photoacoustic spectroscopy is a commonly used technique for measuring light absorption by aerosols, but it requires careful calibration to be accurate. Here, we explore the use of one popular calibrant, ozone, and demonstrate that its response is dependent on the identity of the bath gas used.