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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).

Measurements

Locations

  • Fixed
  • AMF1
  • AMF2
  • AMF3

Active Instrument Locations

Facility Name Instrument Start Date
ACAPEX; Gulfstream 159 Aircraft 2020-03-26
Oliktok Point, Alaska; Gulfstream 159 Aircraft 2020-03-26
Gunnison, CO; Supplemental Facility 2 2021-09-01

2021

Liu J, L Alexander, J Fast, R Lindenmaier, and J Shilling. 2021. "Aerosol characteristics at the Southern Great Plains site during the HI-SCALE campaign." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 21(6), 10.5194/acp-21-5101-2021.

Zheng G, Y Wang, R Wood, M Jensen, C Kuang, I Mccoy, A Matthews, F Mei, J Tomlinson, J Shilling, M Zawadowicz, E Crosbie, R Moore, L Ziemba, M Andreae, and J Wang. 2021. "New particle formation in the remote marine boundary layer." Nature Communications, 12(1), 10.1038/s41467-020-20773-1.
Research Highlight

2020

Wang Y, X Zheng, X Dong, B Xi, P Wu, T Logan, and Y Yung. 2020. "Impacts of long-range transport of aerosols on marine-boundary-layer clouds in the eastern North Atlantic." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20(23), 10.5194/acp-20-14741-2020.

Mei F and LA Goldberger. 2020. Time-Resolved Aerosol Filter Sampler Instrument Handbook. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM user facility. DOE/SC-ARM-TR-256.

Mei F and LA Goldberger. 2020. Advanced Mixing Condensation Particle Counter (aMCPC) Instrument Handbook. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM user facility. DOE/SC-ARM-TR-257.

Kleinman L, A Sedlacek III, K Adachi, P Buseck, S Collier, M Dubey, A Hodshire, E Lewis, T Onasch, J Pierce, J Shilling, S Springston, J Wang, Q Zhang, S Zhou, and R Yokelson. 2020. "Rapid evolution of aerosol particles and their optical properties downwind of wildfires in the western US." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20(21), 10.5194/acp-20-13319-2020.

Mei F, G McMeeking, M Pekour, R Gao, G Kulkarni, S China, H Telg, D Dexheimer, J Tomlinson, and B Schmid. 2020. "Performance Assessment of Portable Optical Particle Spectrometer (POPS)." Sensors, 20(21), 10.3390/s20216294.
Research Highlight

Goldberger LA, MS Pekour, and JM Hubbe. 2020. Counterflow Virtual Impactor (CVI) Inlet Aboard Aircraft (INLETCVI-AIR) Instrument Handbook. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM user facility. DOE/SC-ARM-TR-254.

Mei F, D Dexheimer, J Fast, M Diao, B Geerts, A Bucholtz, L Riihimaki, C Flynn, T Thornberry, T Campos, S Springston, C Kuang, J Tomlinson, and B Schmid. 2020. ARM Aerial Instrument Workshop Report. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM user facility. DOE/SC-ARM-20-010.

Uin J and L Goldberger. 2020. Ultra-High-Sensitivity Aerosol Spectrometer Aboard Aircraft (UHSAS-AIR) Instrument Handbook. Ed. by Robert Stafford, ARM user facility. DOE/SC-ARM-TR-250.


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