Articles | Volume 9, issue 8
Research article
23 Aug 2016
Research article |  | 23 Aug 2016

A wavelength-dispersive instrument for characterizing fluorescence and scattering spectra of individual aerosol particles on a substrate

Donald R. Huffman, Benjamin E. Swanson, and J. Alex Huffman

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