Articles | Volume 8, issue 11
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 4615–4636, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-4615-2015
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 4615–4636, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-8-4615-2015

Research article 03 Nov 2015

Research article | 03 Nov 2015

Peak-fitting and integration imprecision in the Aerodyne aerosol mass spectrometer: effects of mass accuracy on location-constrained fits

J. C. Corbin et al.

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Peak-integration uncertainties in the Aerodyne high-resolution aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS) are analyzed in detail using a combination of empirical data analysis and Monte Carlo approaches. The most general conclusion, applicable to any mass spectrometer, is that non-zero mass accuracy leads to a percentage error in constrained peak fits, even for well-resolved peaks. For overlapping peaks, this mass-accuracy effect may be viewed as a reduction in the effective m/z-calibration precision.