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Research article
17 Jan 2024
Research article |  | 17 Jan 2024

Evaluation of a Partector Pro for atmospheric particle number size distribution and number concentration measurements at an urban background site

Christof Asbach, Ana Maria Todea, and Heinz Kaminski

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The performance of the handheld Partector Pro has been evaluated against a reference mobility particle size spectrometer (MPSS) for 70 days at an urban background site. The number concentrations measured with the Partector Pro were in excellent and the number size distributions in reasonable agreement with the MPSS. The Partector Pro is thus a promising candidate for the widespread measurement of ultrafine particle concentrations as, for example, requested by WHO, at reasonable costs.
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