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Chemical Composition characterization of air pollution (aerosols and gases) on the basis of nonlinear multi-channel lidar experiments


CAPABLE’s long term objective is to develop a complex lidar spectrometer that allows us to measure vertically resolved
profiles of trace gases, chemical components in particles, and bio-aerosols in atmospheric aerosol pollution. This information
can be used for studies of the effect of the vertical distribution of aerosol and gas pollution on climate forcing, air quality, and
human health. Impact on economically sensitive areas like air traffic safety caused by, e.g. volcanic plumes and desert dust,
will be a spin-out product of our work. This lidar spectrometer will be based on simultaneous, vertically and spectrally
resolved measurements of Raman and photoluminescence (PL)/fluorescence spectrums. In the first stage we develop the
technique to the point that we can identify some of the most important climate-relevant aerosol components in a qualitative
manner and we will develop computer models that will allow us to verify our measurement results on the basis of theoretical
simulations. The models will form an end-to-end simulator that will allow us to develop and design the basic concepts of a
Raman and PL spectroscopy lidar and necessary hardware specifications and explore the detection limits for the mobile
measurement channel that can be installed in existing lidars. In the second stage, which can in part be achieved in this twoyear
funding period we want to improve the methodology so that we can quantify at least some of the components,
preferably to the level of profiles of mass concentrations measured under ambient atmospheric conditions. The third stage,
which goes beyond the main purpose of our project, will explore the concept of Coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy
(CARS) for chemical aerosol characterization. CARS could allow for detection of atmospheric pollutants with significantly
higher sensitivity, and thus result in much shorter data integration times.


Net EU contribution
€ 195 454,80
AL10 9AB Hatfield
United Kingdom

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East of England Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Hertfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 195 454,80