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Studies of one and two component aerosols using IR/VUV single particle mass spectrometry: Insights into the vaporization process and quantitative limitations.

TitleStudies of one and two component aerosols using IR/VUV single particle mass spectrometry: Insights into the vaporization process and quantitative limitations.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsSimpson, EA, Campuzano-Jost, P, Hanna, SJ, Kanan, KMM, Hepburn, JW, Blades, MW, Bertram, AK
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Volume12
Pagination11565 - 11575
Date Published2010///
ISBN Number1463-9076
Keywordsaerosol single particle mass spectrometry vaporization fragmentation ionization
Abstract

This paper presents the studies of one and two component particles using a CO2 laser for vaporization and VUV ionization in an ion trap mass spectrometer. The degree of fragmentation for a one component system was demonstrated to be a function of CO2 laser energy. In a two component system, the degree of fragmentation was shown to be a function of the particle compn. This observation indicates that the anal. of mixed particles may be far more complicated than anticipated for a two step process with soft vaporization. In addn. to showing that fragmentation is a function of CO2 laser energy and particle compn., we also show that a key parameter that dets. the extent of fragmentation is the energy absorbed by the particle during desorption. The ionization delay profile in a one component system is also shown to be strongly dependent on the vaporization energy. In a two component system, the delay profile is shown to strongly depend on the compn. of the particle. The combined data suggest that the key parameter that governs the delay profile is the energy absorbed by the particle during desorption. This finding has implications for potential field measurements. Finally, for a two component system where the absorption cross-sections are different, the change in the degree of fragmentation with particle compn. resulted in a non-linear dependence of ion signal on compn. This makes any attempt at quantification difficult. [on SciFinder(R)]