Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1673–1683, 2019

Special issue: Layered phenomena in the mesopause region (ACP/AMT inter-journal...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1673–1683, 2019

Research article 15 Mar 2019

Research article | 15 Mar 2019

A new method of inferring the size, number density, and charge of mesospheric dust from its in situ collection by the DUSTY probe

Ove Havnes et al.

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We present a new method of analyzing data from rocket-borne aerosol detectors of the Faraday cup type (DUSTY). By using models for how aerosols are charged in the mesosphere and how they interact in a collision with the probes, fundamental parameters like aerosol radius, charge, and number density can be derived. The resolution can be down to ~ 10 cm, which is much lower than other available methods. The theory is furthermore used to analyze DUSTY data from the 2016 rocket campaign MAXIDUSTY.