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Inversion of data containing information on the aerosol particle size distribution using multiple instruments

Fiebig, Markus and Stein, Claudia and Schröder, Franz and Feldpausch, Philipp and Petzold, Andreas (2005) Inversion of data containing information on the aerosol particle size distribution using multiple instruments. Journal of Aerosol Science, 36, pp. 1353-1372. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaerosci.2005.01.004.

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An algorithm for inversion of data containing information on particle size distributions is presented that is designed to be true to the input data, does not need an initial guess, does not assume a shape of the size distribution function, yields the smoothest non-negative result consistent with the input data, calculates the uncertainty of the result based on the uncertainty of the input data, and is capable of combiningdata from more than one instrument type into one inversion result. To test the algorithm, synthetic data of aircraft payloads sensitive for particle diameters Dp <0.2 µm and combininga cascade of condensation particle counters (CPSA) with a differential mobility analyser (DMA), a passive cavity aerosol spectrometer probe (PCASP), and a parallel diffusion battery (PDB) are generated. The CPSA/DMA instrument combination retrieves the log-normal parameters of the Aitken-mode (0.01 µm<Dp <0.2 µm) with <1% uncertainty while the CPSA/PDB combination reaches ∼ 4% and the CPSA/PCASP combination ∼ 8% uncertainty. Compared with the CPSA/DMA set-up, the CPSA/PDB and CPSA/PCASP combinations have advantages with respect to temporal resolution and space/weight demands, respectively. The algorithm is extendable to other instrument types and may also serve as a tool for optimising instruments or instrument packages with respect to specific scientific questions.

Document Type:Article
Title:Inversion of data containing information on the aerosol particle size distribution using multiple instruments
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Stein, ClaudiaNERC, Swindon, UK
Schröder, FranzMKS Instruments Deutschland GmbH, München
Feldpausch, PhilippUNSPECIFIED
Petzold, AndreasUNSPECIFIED
Date:November 2005
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Aerosol Science
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 1353-1372
Keywords:Size distribution inversion, Nucleation mode, Size distribution measurement
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Projekt Partikel und Zirren II (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Trace Species
Deposited By: Dr.rer.nat. Markus Fiebig
Deposited On:26 Sep 2007
Last Modified:11 Nov 2014 21:56

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