Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-5993-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-5993-2020
Research article
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11 Nov 2020
Research article |  | 11 Nov 2020

Characterization of a non-thermal plasma source for use as a mass specrometric calibration tool and non-radioactive aerosol charger

Christian Tauber, David Schmoll, Johannes Gruenwald, Sophia Brilke, Peter Josef Wlasits, Paul Martin Winkler, and Daniela Wimmer

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In this paper we show that a commercially available plasma charger with nitrogen as the working gas can enhance the charging probability for sub-12 nm particles. In addition, the charger ion mobilities and the chemical composition have been examined using an atmospheric pressure interface time-of-flight mass spectrometer (APi-TOF MS), and comparison of the experimental results revealed that the generated neutralizer ions are not dependent on the charging mechanism.