Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3581–3593, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-3581-2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3581–3593, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-3581-2020

Research article 03 Jul 2020

Research article | 03 Jul 2020

Highly oxygenated organic molecule cluster decomposition in atmospheric pressure interface time-of-flight mass spectrometers

Tommaso Zanca et al.

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In this paper we quantify (using a statistical model) the probability of decomposition of a representative class of HOM clusters in an APi-TOF mass spectrometer. This is important because it quantifies the systematic error of measurements in a APi-TOF MS due to cluster decomposition. The results (specific for our selected clusters) show that decomposition is negligible, provided their bonding energy is large enough to allow formation in the atmosphere in the first place.