Instrument : Condensation Particle Counter (CPC)

Instrument Categories
Aerosols

A Condensation Particle Counter measures sub-micron aerosol particle number concentration by growing the particles to a size that is easily detectable and countable by optical scattering. The condensating liquid is typically an alcohol (e.g., butanol) or water. Depending on the CPC model, the commercial CPC instruments can cover a size range from 3 nm to 3000 nm (ultrafine) or 10 nm to 3000 nm (fine).

The CPC is part of the Aerosol Observing System (AOS).

Locations

 retired = Originating instrument has been retired at this location
Eastern North Atlantic
ENAC1 Browse DataGraciosa Island, Azores, Portugal
North Slope Alaska
NSAX1 Browse DataExternal Data (satellites and others)
Southern Great Plains
SGPC1 Browse DataCentral Facility, Lamont, OK
ARM Mobile Facility
MAGM1 Browse DataLos Angeles, CA to Honolulu, HI - container ship Horizon Spirit; AMF2 retired
MAOM1 Browse DataManacapuru, Amazonas, Brazil; AMF1
PGHM1 Browse DataARIES Observatory, Nainital, Uttarkhand, India retired
PVCM1 Browse DataHighland Center, Cape Cod MA; AMF 1 retired
TMPS1 Browse DataU. of Helsinki Research Station (SMEAR II), Hyytiala, Finland; AOS

See Also

Contact(s)

Stephen Springston
Brookhaven National Laboratory
(631) 344-4477
srs@bnl.gov

Anne Jefferson
NOAA
(303) 497-6493
anne.jefferson@noaa.gov

Chongai Kuang
Brookhaven National Laboratory
(631) 344-7257
ckuang@bnl.gov

Annette Koontz
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Developer
(509) 375-3609
annette.koontz@pnnl.gov

Cynthia Salwen
Brookhaven National Laboratory
associate
631-344-3461
salwen@bnl.gov