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Volume 15, issue 1 | Copyright
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 253-272, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-15-253-2015
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Research article 12 Jan 2015

Research article | 12 Jan 2015

Elemental ratio measurements of organic compounds using aerosol mass spectrometry: characterization, improved calibration, and implications

M. R. Canagaratna et al.
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Atomic oxygen-to-carbon (O:C), hydrogen-to-carbon (H:C), and organic mass-to-organic carbon (OM:OC) ratios of ambient organic aerosol (OA) species provide key constraints for understanding their sources and impacts. Here an improved method for obtaining accurate O:C, H:C, and OM:OC with a widely used aerosol mass spectrometer is developed. These results imply that OA is more oxidized than previously estimated and indicate the need for new chemical mechanisms that simulate ambient oxidation.
Atomic oxygen-to-carbon (O:C), hydrogen-to-carbon (H:C), and organic mass-to-organic carbon...
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