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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 5319–5332, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-5319-2021
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 5319–5332, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-14-5319-2021
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Iodide CIMS and mz 62: the detection of HNO3 as NO3 in the presence of PAN, peroxyacetic acid and ozone

Raphael Dörich et al.

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We demonstrate in laboratory experiments that the formation of IOx anions (formed in reactions of I with O3) or acetate anions (formed e.g. by the reaction of I with peracetic acid) results in unexpected sensitivity of an iodide chemical ionisation mass spectrometer (I-CIMS) to HNO3 at a mass-to-charge ratio of 62. This helps explain observations of apparent high daytime levels of N2O5. Airborne measurements using I-CIMS confirm these conclusions.