Articles | Volume 15, issue 10
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 3161–3187, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-3161-2022
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 3161–3187, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-3161-2022
Research article
24 May 2022
Research article | 24 May 2022

Impact of particle size, refractive index, and shape on the determination of the particle scattering coefficient – an optical closure study evaluating different nephelometer angular truncation and illumination corrections

Marilena Teri et al.

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We performed an extensive closure study including laboratory and simulated experiments to evaluate various angular corrections for the Aurora 4000 polar nephelometer, focusing on irregularly shaped aerosols such as mineral dust. We describe the impact of particle size, refractive index, and shape on the determination of the particle scattering coefficient and propose a guideline to establish the most appropriate angular correction depending on the aerosol type and the investigated size range.