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Submitted as: research article 29 May 2019

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Multiple scattering correction factor of quartz filters and the effect of filtering particles mixed in water: implications to analyses of light-absorption in snow samples

Jonas Svensson1, Johan Ström2, and Aki Virkkula1 Jonas Svensson et al.
  • 1Atmospheric Composition Research, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract. The deposition of light-absorbing aerosols (LAA) onto snow initiates processes that lead to increased snowmelt. Measurements of LAA, such as black carbon (BC) and mineral dust, have been observed globally to darken snow. Several measurement techniques of LAA in snow collects the particulates on filters for analysis. Here we investigate micro-quartz filters optical response to BC experiments where the particles initially are suspended in air or in a liquid. With particle soot absorption photometers (PSAP) we observed a 20 % scattering enhancement for quartz filters compared to the standard PSAP Pallflex filters. The multiple-scattering correction factor (Cref) of the quartz filters for airborne soot aerosol is estimated to ~3.4. In the next stage correction factors were determined for BC particles mixed in water and also for BC particles both mixed in water and further treated in an ultrasonic bath. Comparison of BC collected from airborne particles with BC mixed in water filters indicated approximately a factor of two higher mass absorption cross section for the liquid based filters, probably due to the BC particles penetrating deeper in the filter matrix. The ultrasonic bath increased absorption still further, roughly by a factor of 1.5 compared to only mixing in water. Application of the correction functions to earlier published field data from the Himalaya and Finnish Lapland yielded MAC values of ~7–10 m2 g−1 at λ= 550 nm which is in the range of published MAC of airborne BC aerosol.

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Collection of particles onto filters can be a valuable tool in several research disciplines. Here we experiment with quartz filters and their response to soot particles in an airborne and liquid state, in order to better understand the sampling procedure. Soot particles in a liquid phase showed nearly a doubled absorption of light compared to airborne sampled particles.
Collection of particles onto filters can be a valuable tool in several research disciplines....