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  Comparison of OH reactivity measurements in the atmospheric simulation chamber SAPHIR

Fuchs, H., Novelli, A., Rolletter, M., Hofzumahaus, A., Pfannerstill, E. Y., Keßel, S., et al. (2017). Comparison of OH reactivity measurements in the atmospheric simulation chamber SAPHIR. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 10(10), 4023-4053. doi:10.5194/amt-10-4023-2017.

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Fuchs, Hendrik1, Author
Novelli, Anna1, Author
Rolletter, Michael1, Author
Hofzumahaus, Andreas1, Author
Pfannerstill, Eva Y.2, Author              
Keßel, Stephan2, Author              
Edtbauer, Achim2, Author              
Williams, Jonathan2, Author              
Michoud, Vincent1, Author
Dusanter, Sebastien1, Author
Locoge, Nadine1, Author
Zannoni, Nora1, Author
Gros, Valerie1, Author
Truong, Francois1, Author
Sarda-Esteve, Roland1, Author
Cryer, Danny R.1, Author
Brumby, Charlotte A.1, Author
Whalley, Lisa K.1, Author
Stone, Daniel1, Author
Seakins, Paul W.1, Author
Heard, Dwayne E.1, AuthorSchoemaecker, Coralie1, AuthorBlocquet, Marion1, AuthorCoudert, Sebastien1, AuthorBatut, Sebastien1, AuthorFittschen, Christa1, AuthorThames, Alexander B.1, AuthorBrune, William H.1, AuthorErnest, Cheryl T.2, Author              Harder, H.2, Author              Muller, Jennifer B. A.1, AuthorElste, Thomas1, AuthorKubistin, Dagmar1, AuthorAndres, Stefanie1, AuthorBohn, Birger1, AuthorHohaus, Thorsten1, AuthorHolland, Frank1, AuthorLi, Xin1, AuthorRohrer, Franz1, AuthorKiendler-Scharr, Astrid1, AuthorTillmann, Ralf1, AuthorWegener, Robert1, AuthorYu, Zhujun1, AuthorZou, Qi1, AuthorWahner, Andreas1, Author more..
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2Atmospheric Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Max Planck Society, ou_1826285              


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 Abstract: Hydroxyl (OH) radical reactivity (kOH) has been measured for 18 years with different measurement techniques. In order to compare the performances of instruments deployed in the field, two campaigns were conducted performing experiments in the atmospheric simulation chamber SAPHIR at Forschungszentrum Jülich in October 2015 and April 2016. Chemical conditions were chosen either to be representative of the atmosphere or to test potential limitations of instruments. All types of instruments that are currently used for atmospheric measurements were used in one of the two campaigns. The results of these campaigns demonstrate that OH reactivity can be accurately measured for a wide range of atmospherically relevant chemical conditions (e.g. water vapour, nitrogen oxides, various organic compounds) by all instruments. The precision of the measurements (limit of detection  < 1 s−1 at a time resolution of 30 s to a few minutes) is higher for instruments directly detecting hydroxyl radicals, whereas the indirect comparative reactivity method (CRM) has a higher limit of detection of 2 s−1 at a time resolution of 10 to 15 min. The performances of the instruments were systematically tested by stepwise increasing, for example, the concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO), water vapour or nitric oxide (NO). In further experiments, mixtures of organic reactants were injected into the chamber to simulate urban and forested environments. Overall, the results show that the instruments are capable of measuring OH reactivity in the presence of CO, alkanes, alkenes and aromatic compounds. The transmission efficiency in Teflon inlet lines could have introduced systematic errors in measurements for low-volatile organic compounds in some instruments. CRM instruments exhibited a larger scatter in the data compared to the other instruments. The largest differences to reference measurements or to calculated reactivity were observed by CRM instruments in the presence of terpenes and oxygenated organic compounds (mixing ratio of OH reactants were up to 10 ppbv). In some of these experiments, only a small fraction of the reactivity is detected. The accuracy of CRM measurements is most likely limited by the corrections that need to be applied to account for known effects of, for example, deviations from pseudo first-order conditions, nitrogen oxides or water vapour on the measurement. Methods used to derive these corrections vary among the different CRM instruments. Measurements taken with a flow-tube instrument combined with the direct detection of OH by chemical ionisation mass spectrometry (CIMS) show limitations in cases of high reactivity and high NO concentrations but were accurate for low reactivity (< 15 s−1) and low NO (< 5 ppbv) conditions.


Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2017
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: ISI: 000413853400004
DOI: 10.5194/amt-10-4023-2017
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Title: Atmospheric Measurement Techniques
  Abbreviation : AMT
Source Genre: Journal
Publ. Info: Göttingen : European Geosciences Union, Copernicus
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 10 (10) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 4023 - 4053 Identifier: Other: 1867-1381
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/1867-1381