Fundamentals and Applications in Aerosol Spectroscopy

Ruth Signorell, Jonathan P. Reid

December 20, 2010 by CRC Press
Reference - 535 Pages - 259 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420085617 - CAT# 85611


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  • Encompasses the whole range of methods, from infrared and Raman to UV/VIS and x-ray
  • Covers a variety of aerosols, including cold aerosol particles in planetary atmospheres and organic aerosols and bioaerosols in the Earth’s atmosphere
  • Surveys emerging experimental techniques and instrumentation, such as tunable x-rays for aerosol scattering, scanning transmission x-ray microscopy for characterizing aerosols, and electron beam microscopy for studying aerosol particles
  • Describes theoretical methods adapted to the characteristic spectral features of aerosols


Helping you better understand the processes, instruments, and methods of aerosol spectroscopy, Fundamentals and Applications in Aerosol Spectroscopy provides an overview of the state of the art in this rapidly developing field. It covers fundamental aspects of aerosol spectroscopy, applications to atmospherically and astronomically relevant problems, and several aspects that need further research and development.

Chapters in the book are arranged in order of decreasing wavelength of the light/electrons. The text starts with infrared spectroscopy, one of the most important aerosol characterization methods for laboratory studies, field measurements, remote sensing, and space missions. It then focuses on Raman spectroscopy for investigating aerosol processes in controlled laboratory studies and for analyzing environmental particles and atmospheric pollution. The next section discusses the use of cavity ring-down spectroscopy to measure light extinction, laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy to identify and classify biological aerosol particles, and ultrafast laser techniques to improve the specificity of bioaerosol detection. The final section examines recent developments involving novel techniques based on UV, x-ray, and electron beam studies.

This book offers the first comprehensive overview of the spectroscopy of aerosols. It includes some results for the first time in the literature and presents a unique link between fundamental aspects and applications.

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