Lidar and balloon-borne cascade impactor measurements of aerosols: A case study

John A Reagan, M. V. Apte, T. V. Bruhns, O. Youngbluth

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Aerosol size distributions, elemental components, complex refractive indices, extinction profiles and extinction-to-backscatter ratios have been measured and inferred from balloon-borne cascade impactor and lidar observations made during a cooperative joint experiment conducted during the period 4-10 April, 1980 in Tucson, AZ. Size distributions obtained from quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) cascade impactor measurements at different heights (1 to 1000 m) and times over a period of several days were fairly similar in form, being clearly bimodal in their mass distributions with the coarse particle mode being dominant. Electron microscope and energy dispersive X-ray analyses of particles deposited on the QCM stages over the particle radii range ∼ 0.5-4.0 μm revealed that the particle samples were elementally dominated by both sulfur and crustal type (Al, Ca, Mg and Si) elements. Complex refractive index estimates for a wavelength of 649 nm were obtained by comparing the lidar inferred aerosol extinction-to-back-scatter ratios with theoretically computed values calculated for the impactor-derived size distributions. The real part of the index was estimated to be 1.45 for most cases, while the estimates for the imaginary part ranged between 0.000 and 0.01. Aerosol extinction coefficients calculated for the impactor-derived size distributions were found to be somewhat smaller but in fair agreement with the extinction coefficients retrieved from the lidar measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-275
Number of pages17
JournalAerosol Science and Technology
Volume3
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1984

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Balloons
Optical radar
Aerosols
lidar
aerosol
extinction coefficient
Quartz crystal microbalances
extinction
refractive index
backscatter
Refractive index
crystal
quartz
Sulfur
Electron microscopes
particle size
sulfur
wavelength
X rays
electron

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  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Lidar and balloon-borne cascade impactor measurements of aerosols : A case study. / Reagan, John A; Apte, M. V.; Bruhns, T. V.; Youngbluth, O.

In: Aerosol Science and Technology, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1984, p. 259-275.

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Reagan, John A ; Apte, M. V. ; Bruhns, T. V. ; Youngbluth, O. / Lidar and balloon-borne cascade impactor measurements of aerosols : A case study. In: Aerosol Science and Technology. 1984 ; Vol. 3, No. 3. pp. 259-275.
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