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Formenti et al. 2021, submitted

Formenti, P., C. Di Biagio, Y. Huang, J. Kok, M.D. Mallet, D. Boulanger, and M. Cazaunau, 2021: Look-up tables resolved by complex refractive index to correct particle sizes measured by common research-grade optical particle counters. Atmos. Meas. Tech., submitted, doi:10.5194/amt-2021-403.

Optical particle counters (OPC) are widely used to measure the aerosol particle number size distribution at atmospheric ambient conditions and over a large size range. Their measurement principle is based on the dependence of light scattering on particle size. However, this dependence is not monotonic at all sizes and light scattering also depends on the particle composition (i.e., the complex refractive index, CRI) and morphology. Therefore, the conversion of the measured scattered intensity to the desired particle size depends on the microphysical properties of the sampled aerosol population and might not be unique at all sizes. While these complexities have been addressed before, corrections are typically applied ad-hoc and are not standardised. This paper addresses this issue by providing a consistent and extended database of pre-computed correction factors for a wide range of complex refractive index values representing the composition variability of atmospheric aerosols. These correction factors are calculated for five different commercial OPCs (USHAS, PCASP, FSSP, GRIMM and its airborne version Sky- GRIMM, CDP) by assuming Mie theory for homogeneous spherical particles, and by varying the real part of the CRI between 1.33 and 1.75 in steps of 0.01 and the imaginary part between 0.0 and 0.4 in steps of 0.001. Correction factors for mineral dust are provided at the CRI of 1.53-0.003i and account for the asphericity of these particles. The datasets described in this paper are distributed at open-access repository: https://doi.org/10.25326/234 (license CC BY, Formenti et al., 2021) maintained by the French national center for Atmospheric data and services AERIS to data users/geophysicists who number size distribution measurements from OPC for their research on atmospheric aerosols. Application and caveats of the CRI-corrections factors are presented and discussed.

The dataset presented in this paper is not only useful for correcting the size distribution from an OPC when the particle refractive index is known, but even when only assumptions can be made. Furthermore, this dataset can be useful in calculating uncertainties or sensitivities of aerosol volume/mass/extinction from OPCs given no or limited knowledge of refractive index.

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@unpublished{fo03100n,
  author={Formenti, P. and Di Biagio, C. and Huang, Y. and Kok, J. and Mallet, M. D. and Boulanger, D. and Cazaunau, M.},
  title={Look-up tables resolved by complex refractive index to correct particle sizes measured by common research-grade optical particle counters},
  year={2021},
  journal={Atmos. Meas. Tech.},
  doi={10.5194/amt-2021-403},
  note={Manuscript submitted for publication}
}

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TY  - UNPB
ID  - fo03100n
AU  - Formenti, P.
AU  - Di Biagio, C.
AU  - Huang, Y.
AU  - Kok, J.
AU  - Mallet, M. D.
AU  - Boulanger, D.
AU  - Cazaunau, M.
PY  - 2021
TI  - Look-up tables resolved by complex refractive index to correct particle sizes measured by common research-grade optical particle counters
JA  - Atmos. Meas. Tech.
DO  - 10.5194/amt-2021-403
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