Articles | Volume 6, issue 4
Research article
29 Apr 2013
Research article |  | 29 Apr 2013

The mathematical principles and design of the NAIS – a spectrometer for the measurement of cluster ion and nanometer aerosol size distributions

S. Mirme and A. Mirme

Abstract. The paper describes the Neutral cluster and Air Ion Spectrometer (NAIS) – a multichannel aerosol instrument capable of measuring the distribution of ions (charged particles and cluster ions) of both polarities in the electric mobility range from 3.2 to 0.0013 cm2 V−1 s−1 and the distribution of aerosol particles in the size range from 2.0 to 40 nm. We introduce the principles of design, data processing and spectrum deconvolution of the instrument.