Articles | Volume 9, issue 11
Research article
25 Nov 2016
Research article |  | 25 Nov 2016

A technique for rapid source apportionment applied to ambient organic aerosol measurements from a thermal desorption aerosol gas chromatograph (TAG)

Yaping Zhang, Brent J. Williams, Allen H. Goldstein, Kenneth S. Docherty, and Jose L. Jimenez

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