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Volume 11, issue 22 | Copyright
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 11581-11590, 2011
© Author(s) 2011. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 21 Nov 2011

Research article | 21 Nov 2011

Absolute ozone absorption cross section in the Huggins Chappuis minimum (350–470 nm) at 296 K

J. L. Axson2,1, R. A. Washenfelder3,2, T. F. Kahan1, C. J. Young3,2, V. Vaida2,1, and S. S. Brown3 J. L. Axson et al.
  • 1Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Campus Box 215, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
  • 2Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, 216 UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
  • 3Chemical Sciences Division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305, USA

Abstract. We report the ozone absolute absorption cross section between 350–470 nm, the minimum between the Huggins and Chappuis bands, where the ozone cross section is less than 10−22 cm2. Ozone spectra were acquired using an incoherent broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectrometer, with three channels centered at 365, 405, and 455 nm. The accuracy of the measured cross section is 4–30%, with the greatest uncertainty near the minimum absorption at 375–390 nm. Previous measurements vary by more than an order of magnitude in this spectral region. The measurements reported here provide much greater spectral coverage than the most recent measurements. The effect of O3 concentration and water vapor partial pressure were investigated, however there were no observable changes in the absorption spectrum most likely due to the low optical density of the complex.

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