Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 5923–5953, 2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 5923–5953, 2020

Research article 09 Nov 2020

Research article | 09 Nov 2020

Optimizing the detection, ablation, and ion extraction efficiency of a single-particle laser ablation mass spectrometer for application in environments with low aerosol particle concentrations

Hans-Christian Clemen et al.

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We improved the efficiency of a single-particle mass spectrometer with a newly developed aerodynamic lens system, delayed ion extraction, and better electric shielding. The new components result in significantly improved particle analysis and sample statistics. This is particularly important for measurements of low-number-density particles, such as ice-nucleating particles, and for aircraft-based measurements at high altitudes or where high temporal and spatial resolution is required.