1485 A Novel Light-Weight Optical Particle Counter for the Detection of Spherical and a-Spherical Aerosol Particles

Wednesday, 25 January 2017
4E (Washington State Convention Center )
Ottmar Möhler, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany; and M. Schnaiter, M. Abele, and M. Weiss

During the recent years, an increasing number of small and lightweight sensors have been developed for measurements on remotely piloted aerial systems in order to address open issues of environmental and atmospheric research. This contribution focusses on the measurement of atmospheric aerosol particles which are known to originate from various natural and anthropogenic sources, and show a large temporal and spatial variability in terms of their number concentration, size distribution, particle structure and composition.

In order to achieve fast and sensitive measurements of aerosol number concentrations and size distributions, we have developed a novel light-weight and low cost optical particle counter with two detectors for measuring and recording the scattering signals of single particles larger than a few tenth of a micron, depending on their chemical composition (refractive index) and physical shape (spherical or a-spherical). From this, we will obtain not only the number concentration and size distribution but also information on the particle shape. The new sensor is currently tested and calibrated at the AIDA (Aerosol Interaction and Dynamics in the Atmosphere) facility which operates a comprehensive number of aerosol generation and measurement techniques.

The sensor design, performance and calibration will be shown together with first measurements of laboratory generated and natural aerosols. The capabilities of the AIDA facility as a platform for testing and intercomparing new aerosol sensors will also be presented and discussed.

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