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AMT | Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1001–1018, 2020
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1001–1018, 2020
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the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 03 Mar 2020

Research article | 03 Mar 2020

Portable calibrator for NO based on the photolysis of N2O and a combined NO2∕NO∕O3 source for field calibrations of air pollution monitors

John W. Birks et al.

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We describe a portable calibration source of nitric oxide (NO) based on the photolysis of nitrous oxide. Combining this with a previous photolytic ozone (O3) source yields a calibrator that produces known mixing ratios of NO, O3, and nitrogen dioxide (NO2); NO2 is produced by the reaction of NO with O3. This portable NO2/NO/O3 calibration source requires no external gas cylinders and can be used as a standard to calibrate O3 and NOx air pollution monitors in the field.
We describe a portable calibration source of nitric oxide (NO) based on the photolysis of...