The laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy technique has been extended to provide quantitative analysis of the mass and elemental composition of individual, submicrometer to micrometer-sized aerosol particles. A two-part approach was used for calibration of the overall mass concentration response, and of the characteristic plasma volume, equal to 2.5×10-4 cm3. Laboratory results are presented for submicrometer-sized particles containing a known concentration of magnetite. Additional data are presented for fine particulate matter measured in ambient air, including magnesium-containing particles with an average size of 313 nm.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)