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The photoacoustic soot spectrometer (PASS) measures light absorption by aerosol particles. As the particles pass through a laser beam, the absorbed energy heats the particles and in turn the surrounding air, which sets off a pressure wave that can be detected by a microphone.

The PASS instruments can also simultaneously measure the scattered laser-light at three wavelengths and therefore provide a direct measure of the single-scattering albedo.

The PASS is part of the aerosol observing system (AOS).

Primary Measurements


  • Fixed
  • AMF1
  • AMF2
  • AMF3