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Volume 9, issue 1
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 179–194, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-179-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 179–194, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-179-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 25 Jan 2016

Research article | 25 Jan 2016

An automated gas chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry instrument for the quantitative analysis of halocarbons in air

F. Obersteiner et al.
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We present the characterization and application of a new gas chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry instrument, with focus on quantitative analysis of halocarbons in air samples. The applicability of the TOFMS technique, e.g. to form the basis of a "digital air archieve", is supported by the findings of this work: very high sensitivity, high measurement precision, a large dynamical range and an open data format which allows in-depth analysis of the data.
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