Articles | Volume 14, issue 6
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4507–4516, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-4507-2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 4507–4516, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-4507-2021

Research article 18 Jun 2021

Research article | 18 Jun 2021

Efficacy of a portable, moderate-resolution, fast-scanning differential mobility analyzer for ambient aerosol size distribution measurements

Stavros Amanatidis​​​​​​​ et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on amt-2021-59', Anonymous Referee #1, 13 Apr 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Stavros Amanatidis, 20 May 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on amt-2021-59', Anonymous Referee #2, 13 Apr 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Stavros Amanatidis, 20 May 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on amt-2021-59', Anonymous Referee #3, 22 Apr 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC3', Stavros Amanatidis, 20 May 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Stavros Amanatidis on behalf of the Authors (20 May 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (24 May 2021) by Francis Pope
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Short summary
We assess the performance of a highly portable mobility analyzer, the Spider DMA, in measuring ambient aerosol particle size distributions, with specific attention to its moderate sizing resolution (R=3). Long-term field testing showed excellent correlation with a conventional mobility analyzer (R=10) over the 17–500 nm range, suggesting that moderate resolution may be sufficient to obtain key properties of ambient size distributions, enabling smaller instruments and better counting statistics.