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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 6, 2981-2990, 2006
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18 Jul 2006
Strong spectral dependence of light absorption by organic carbon particles formed by propane combustion
M. Schnaiter1, M. Gimmler1, I. Llamas2, C. Linke1, C. Jäger2, and H. Mutschke2
1Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany
2Astrophysical Institute and University Observatory, University of Jena, Germany

Abstract. We have measured the extinction and absorption cross sections of carbon particles emitted by a propane diffusion flame both in an aerosol chamber and on size-segregated samples deposited on optical windows. The absorption cross section, the single scattering albedo, and the Ångström exponent show drastic dependencies both on the C/O ratio and on the particle size. This is interpretated as being due to the appearance of nucleation modes of smaller organic particles at higher C/O ratios, which were detected by SMPS measurements and partially by TEM analysis. The spectral range of the validity of the absorption power-law (Ångström exponent) model is investigated by vacuum ultraviolet extinction measurements. These measurements give also indications for a preferentially aromatic nature of the OC component of the flame products.

Citation: Schnaiter, M., Gimmler, M., Llamas, I., Linke, C., Jäger, C., and Mutschke, H.: Strong spectral dependence of light absorption by organic carbon particles formed by propane combustion, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 6, 2981-2990, doi:10.5194/acp-6-2981-2006, 2006.
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