Effect of Water Vapor Absorption on Measurements of Atmospheric Nitrate Radical by LP-DOAS
- Received Date: 2008-05-06
- Nitrate radical,Water vapor absorption, Long-path differential optical absorption spectroscopy,Detection limit
Abstract: During the measurement of atmospheric nitrate radical by long-path differential optical absorption spectroscopy, water vapor strong absorption could affect the measurement of nitrate radical and detection limits of system. Under the tropospheric condition, the optical density of water vapor absorption is non-linearly dependent on column density. An effective method was developed to eliminate the effect of water vapor absorption. Reference spectra of water vapor based on the daytime atmospheric absorption spectra, when fitted together with change of cross section with water vapor column densities, gave a more accurate fitting of water vapor absorptions, thus its effect on the measurements of nitrate radical could be restricted to a minimum and detection limits of system reached 3.6 ppt. The modified method was applied during an intensive field campaign in the Pearl River Delta, China. The NO3 concentration in polluted air masses varied from 3.6 ppt to 82.5 ppt with an average level of 23.6±1.8 ppt.
|Citation:||Su-wen Li a, Wen-qing Liu b, Pin-hua Xie b, Yi-jun Yang a, De-bao Chen a, Zheng Li a. Effect of Water Vapor Absorption on Measurements of Atmospheric Nitrate Radical by LP-DOAS[J]. Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics , 2008, 21(5): 433-437. doi: 10.1088/1674-0068/21/05/433-437|