Special Issue: Progress & prospects of atmospheric environmental science

Atmospheric and kinetic studies of OH and HO2 by the FAGE technique

D. Amedro , K. Miyazaki , A. Parker , C. Schoemaecker , C. Fittschen


Received ,Revised , Accepted , Available online January 07, 2012

Volume 24,2012,Pages 78-86

A new FAGE setup has recently been built at the University of Lille, France. It permits the quantification of OH and HO2 in the atmosphere with a detection limit of 3×105 molecules/(cm3·min) for OH and 1×106 molecules/(cm5·min) for HO2. Its coupling to a photolysis cell enables the measurement of the total reactivity of the hydroxyl radical in ambient air and kinetic studies in laboratory. Two configurations have been considered: one with the photolysis cell at 90° to the FAGE nozzle, the other on line with the FAGE nozzle. The two configurations have been tested and validated by measuring the well known rate constants of OH with CH4, C3H8 and CO. The advantages and drawbacks of each configuration have been evaluated. The “on line” configuration limits losses and permits measurements over a larger reactivity range but is affected by OH formation from the laser beam striking the FAGE nozzle, thus limiting the ability to carry out energy dependence studies which can, in contrast, be successfully performed in the 90° configuration.

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