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Published May 24, 2013 | Published
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Experimental study on the influence of dimethylamine on the detection of gas phase sulfuric acid using chemical ionization mass spectrometry (CIMS)


Based on quantum chemistry calculations it has been suggested that the quantitative detection of gas phase sulfuric acid (H_2SO_4) by use of Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry (CIMS) could be biased in the presence of gas phase amines such as dimethylamine (DMA). An experiment was set up at the CLOUD aerosol chamber to test the quantitative detection of H_2SO_4 by CIMS by directly comparing the measured H_2SO_4 with and without DMA being present in the sample air. It was found that the H_2SO_4 cluster distribution changes but the CIMS detection efficiency is not strongly influenced.

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© 2013 AIP Publishing LLC. Published online 24 May 2013. We would like to thank CERN for supporting CLOUD with important technical and financial resources, and for providing a particle beam from the CERN Proton Synchrotron. This research has received funding from the EC Seventh Framework Programme (Marie Curie Initial Training Network "CLOUD-ITN" no. 215072, MCITN "CLOUD-TRAIN", no. 316662, and ERC-Advanced "ATMNUCLE'' grant no. 227463), the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (project nos. 01LK0902A and 01LK1222A), the Swiss National Science Foundation (project nos. 200020_135307 and 206620_130527), the Academy of Finland Center of Excellence program (project no. 1118615), the Academy of Finland (CoE project no. 1118615, LASTU project no. 135054), the Nessling Foundation, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF; project no. P19546 and L593), the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (project no. CERN/FP/116387/2010), the Swedish Research Council, Vetenskapsrådet (grant 2011-5120), the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Russian Foundation for Basic Research (grants 08-02-91006-CERN and 12-02-91522-CERN), and the U.S. National Science Foundation (grants AGS1136479 and CHE1012293).

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