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Determining the composition of aqueous microdroplets with broad-band cavity enhanced Raman scattering

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Abstract

We demonstrate that broad-band cavity enhanced Raman scattering (CERS) can be used to determine the composition of binary alcoholwater aerosol droplets over a wide compositional range from 10% v/v to 90% v/v. In contrast to conventional CERS using narrow-band laser excitation, the excitation is provided by a broad-band Nd:YAG pumped dye laser. A change in the spontaneous spectrum resulting from the change of the linewidth of the excitation laser permits tuning of the sensitivity range over which the droplet composition can be determined by CERS. We demonstrate that this change in sensitivity can be estimated using a simulation of the change in the sensitivity to the species in spontaneous bulk phase measurements. We further show that the compositional calibration is independent of droplet radius in the range 33–56 μm. The compositional range over which CERS is sensitive can be controlled and optimised for any particular application by exploiting the dependence of the stimulated Raman scattering on the laser linewidth and wavelength. Thus, quantitative measurements of droplet composition can be made in situ with high accuracy, providing a valuable new tool for analysing aerosol composition.

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The article was received on 14 Jul 2005, accepted on 03 Oct 2005 and first published on 27 Oct 2005


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B510007K
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2006,8, 293-302
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    Determining the composition of aqueous microdroplets with broad-band cavity enhanced Raman scattering

    R. Symes and J. P. Reid, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2006, 8, 293
    DOI: 10.1039/B510007K

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