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.