cpc: Condensation Particle Counter

The Condensation Particle Counter (CPC) measures sub-micron aerosol particle number concentration by condensing fluid onto particles and causing them to grow to sizes that are easily detectable by optical scattering. The condensing liquid is typically an alcohol (e.g., butanol) or water.

Depending on the CPC type, typical CPC instruments can count particles with sizes that range from 3 to 3000 nanometers (ultrafine CPC) or from 10 to 3000 nanometers (fine CPC). The CPC is part of the Aerosol Observing System (AOS).

Measurements

Locations

  • Fixed
  • AMF1
  • AMF2
  • AMF3

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Lacher L, P DeMott, E Levin, K Suski, Y Boose, A Zipori, E Herrmann, N Bukowiecki, M Steinbacher, E Gute, J Abbatt, U Lohmann, and Z Kanji. 2018. "Background Free-Tropospheric Ice Nucleating Particle Concentrations at Mixed-Phase Cloud Conditions." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123(18), 10.1029/2018JD028338.

de Sá S, B Palm, P Campuzano-Jost, D Day, W Hu, G Isaacman-VanWertz, L Yee, J Brito, S Carbone, I Ribeiro, G Cirino, Y Liu, R Thalman, A Sedlacek, A Funk, C Schumacher, J Shilling, J Schneider, P Artaxo, A Goldstein, R Souza, J Wang, K McKinney, H Barbosa, M Alexander, J Jimenez, and S Martin. 2018. "Urban influence on the concentration and composition of submicron particulate matter in central Amazonia." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(16), 10.5194/acp-18-12185-2018.

Forestieri S, T Helgestad, A Lambe, L Renbaum-Wolff, D Lack, P Massoli, E Cross, M Dubey, C Mazzoleni, J Olfert, A Sedlacek III, A Freedman, P Davidovits, T Onasch, and C Cappa. 2018. "Measurement and modeling of the multiwavelength optical properties of uncoated flame-generated soot." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(16), 10.5194/acp-18-12141-2018.

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Chen H, S Chee, M Lawler, K Barsanti, B Wong, and J Smith. 2018. "Size resolved chemical composition of nanoparticles from reactions of sulfuric acid with ammonia and dimethylamine." Aerosol Science and Technology, 52(10), 10.1080/02786826.2018.1490005.

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