Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3787–3798, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-3787-2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3787–3798, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-3787-2020
Research article
13 Jul 2020
Research article | 13 Jul 2020

Counting on chemistry: laboratory evaluation of seed-material-dependent detection efficiencies of ultrafine condensation particle counters

Peter Josef Wlasits et al.

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In this paper we show that chemical similarities between the seed particle material and the working fluid have an impact on the detection efficiency of commonly used CPCs. A remarkable set of CPCs, including the newly developed V-WCPC 3789, was tested. Among others, reproducibly generated organic seeds based on beta-caryophyllene were used. Theoretical simulations of supersaturation profiles were successfully linked to measured data.