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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 363-375, 2012
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Research article
15 Feb 2012
A fast and precise chemiluminescence ozone detector for eddy flux and airborne application
A. Zahn1, J. Weppner1, H. Widmann1, K. Schlote-Holubek2, B. Burger2, T. Kühner2, and H. Franke3 1Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK), Karlsruhe, Germany
2Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Data Processing and Electronics (IPE), Karlsruhe, Germany
3Enviscope GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
Abstract. A commercially available dry chemiluminescence (CI) instrument for fast and precise measurement of ozone (O3) is specified. The sensitivity is ~9000 counts s−1 per ppbv of ozone. Its precision is entirely determined by the number of photons reaching the detector (being a photomultiplier), i.e. is quantum-noise limited. The relative precision (ΔO3/O3 in %) thus follows Poisson statistics and scales with the square root of the measurement frequency f and with the inverse O3 mixing ratio: ΔO3/O3f0.5 · O3−0.5. At typical O3 mixing ratios between 10 and 100 ppbv (and 1 bar), the precision is 0.3–1.0% at f = 10 Hz. The maximum measurement frequency is 50 Hz. The mechanical and electronic set-up as well as the instrument performance is described. Recommendations on the adequate inlet tube configuration (inlet tube length, sampling flow) and on the way of calibration at stationary ground-based platforms and onboard aircraft are given.

Citation: Zahn, A., Weppner, J., Widmann, H., Schlote-Holubek, K., Burger, B., Kühner, T., and Franke, H.: A fast and precise chemiluminescence ozone detector for eddy flux and airborne application, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 363-375,, 2012.
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