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The effect of carrier gas contaminants on the charging probability of aerosols under bipolar charging conditions.

Steiner G, Reischl GP - J Aerosol Sci (2012)

Bottom Line: A recently developed high resolution mobility spectrometer allows the precise determination of the ions' electrical mobility; an empirical mass-mobility relationship was used to approximate the corresponding ion masses.Since the ion properties control the charging process of aerosols, it was further investigated how the different ion properties affect the calculation of the charging probabilities of aerosols.The results show that despite large variations of the ions' properties, only a minor effect on the calculated charging probabilities can be found.

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Affiliation: Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Wien, Austria ; Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 64, 00014, Finland.

ABSTRACT
This work concentrates on the experimental determination of the properties of ionic molecular clusters that are produced in the bipolar ionic atmosphere of a radioactivity based (241)Am charger. The main scope of this study was to investigate the dependency of the ions' properties on carrier gas contaminants caused by the evaporation of trace gases from different kinds of frequently encountered tubing materials. A recently developed high resolution mobility spectrometer allows the precise determination of the ions' electrical mobility; an empirical mass-mobility relationship was used to approximate the corresponding ion masses. It was found that impurities in the carrier gas dramatically change the pattern of the ion mobility/size distribution, resulting in very different ion properties that strongly depend on the carrier gas composition. Since the ion properties control the charging process of aerosols, it was further investigated how the different ion properties affect the calculation of the charging probabilities of aerosols. The results show that despite large variations of the ions' properties, only a minor effect on the calculated charging probabilities can be found.

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Typical size spectrum of positive (black line) and negative (gray line) ions produced in clean and dry purified air in the 241Am charger. In this experiment, only the short 10 cm PTFE tubing is used between the gas purification and the charger.
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f0015: Typical size spectrum of positive (black line) and negative (gray line) ions produced in clean and dry purified air in the 241Am charger. In this experiment, only the short 10 cm PTFE tubing is used between the gas purification and the charger.

Mentions: For extremely clean and dry operating conditions and only using the short 10 cm PTFE line between the gas purification and the 241Am charger. Fig. 3 shows very typical size distributions of positive (black line) and negative (gray line) ion clusters produced in air by the ionizing radiation in the charger.


The effect of carrier gas contaminants on the charging probability of aerosols under bipolar charging conditions.

Steiner G, Reischl GP - J Aerosol Sci (2012)

Typical size spectrum of positive (black line) and negative (gray line) ions produced in clean and dry purified air in the 241Am charger. In this experiment, only the short 10 cm PTFE tubing is used between the gas purification and the charger.
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f0015: Typical size spectrum of positive (black line) and negative (gray line) ions produced in clean and dry purified air in the 241Am charger. In this experiment, only the short 10 cm PTFE tubing is used between the gas purification and the charger.
Mentions: For extremely clean and dry operating conditions and only using the short 10 cm PTFE line between the gas purification and the 241Am charger. Fig. 3 shows very typical size distributions of positive (black line) and negative (gray line) ion clusters produced in air by the ionizing radiation in the charger.

Bottom Line: A recently developed high resolution mobility spectrometer allows the precise determination of the ions' electrical mobility; an empirical mass-mobility relationship was used to approximate the corresponding ion masses.Since the ion properties control the charging process of aerosols, it was further investigated how the different ion properties affect the calculation of the charging probabilities of aerosols.The results show that despite large variations of the ions' properties, only a minor effect on the calculated charging probabilities can be found.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Wien, Austria ; Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 64, 00014, Finland.

ABSTRACT
This work concentrates on the experimental determination of the properties of ionic molecular clusters that are produced in the bipolar ionic atmosphere of a radioactivity based (241)Am charger. The main scope of this study was to investigate the dependency of the ions' properties on carrier gas contaminants caused by the evaporation of trace gases from different kinds of frequently encountered tubing materials. A recently developed high resolution mobility spectrometer allows the precise determination of the ions' electrical mobility; an empirical mass-mobility relationship was used to approximate the corresponding ion masses. It was found that impurities in the carrier gas dramatically change the pattern of the ion mobility/size distribution, resulting in very different ion properties that strongly depend on the carrier gas composition. Since the ion properties control the charging process of aerosols, it was further investigated how the different ion properties affect the calculation of the charging probabilities of aerosols. The results show that despite large variations of the ions' properties, only a minor effect on the calculated charging probabilities can be found.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus