REAL-TIME COMPARISON OF PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL AEROSOL MEASUREMENT METHODS
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Atmospheric aerosols are major contributors to air pollution. Overexposure to these particles can cause severe respiratory and cardiovascular impairments. Aerosols also affect the planet's climate through radiative forcing. Various techniques exist to monitor the physical and chemical characteristic of aerosols but few allow for real-time analysis. In this thesis, real-time field measurements of aerosol particles were compared with values reported by state regulatory agencies. These values were also compared to mass concentrations of PM2.5 in order to determine if a correlation exists between the two. Lastly, the relationship between particle mobility-size and chemical characterization using Raman spectroscopy is explored in an effort to obtain quantitative semi-continuous spectral data. This study found no variation between local and regional particulate matter measurements and no discernable correlation between PM2.5 mass and particle number concentration. The relationship between particle size and Raman intensity remains unknown due to the non-uniformity of mobility-size selected particles.