EGU21-16417, updated on 04 Mar 2021
EGU General Assembly 2021
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Development of an incoherent broadband cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (IBBCEAS) instrument for autonomous field measurements of HONO and NO2 in a rural area

Lingshuo Meng1,2, Gaoxuan Wang1, Cécile Coeur1, Alexandre Tomas2, Tao Wu3, Hongbo Fu4, and Weidong Chen1
Lingshuo Meng et al.
  • 1Laboratoire de Physicochimie de l’Atmosphère, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, 59140 Dunkerque, France
  • 2IMT Lille Douai, Univ. Lille, Département Sciences de l’Atmosphère et Génie de l’Environnement, Lille, France
  • 3Key Laboratory of Nondestructive Test, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang, China
  • 4Shanghai Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Particle Pollution and Prevention, Department of Environmental Science & Engineering, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Nitrous acid (HONO) is one of the important atmospheric trace gases due to its contribution to the cycles of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and hydrogen oxides (HOx). In particular it acts as a precursor of tropospheric OH radicals, which is responsible for the self-cleansing capacity of the atmosphere [1,2]. We developed an instrument based on incoherent broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy (IBBCEAS) for automatic measurement of HONO in a rural area in a summer period during a field "Campagne d’OBservation Intensive des Aérosols et précurseurs à Caillouël-Crépigny (COBIACC)" in France. IBBCEAS technique is now extensively used in field applications for the measurements of both trace gases and aerosols [3,4].

Real-time in situ measurements of HONO and NO2 have been simultaneously carried out. The IBBCEAS instrument performance has been demonstrated and validated through lab-based tests, and in particular through field intercomparison via side-by-side measurements of temporal concentration profiles of HONO and NO2 in the rural area. The intercomparison of the concentration measurements between IBBCEAS and an instrument called MARGA (Monitor for AeRosols and Gases in Ambient air) for HONO, and IBBCEAS vs. a reference NOx analyzer for NO2. Good agreements have been observed which demonstrated the performance of the developed IBBCEAS instrument for the measurement of atmospheric HONO concentration (<5 ppb) in a rural area.

The preliminary experimental results will be presented and discussed.

Acknowledgments This work was supported by the CPER CLIMIBIO program and the Labex CaPPA project (ANR-10-LABX005). The authors highly appreciate the offers of Mr. Eric Wetzels from Polyfluor Plastics bv for the help in our instrumental conception involving Teflon pipe.


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[4] L. Meng, G. Wang, P. Augustin, M. Fourmentin, Q. Gou, E. Fertein, T. N. Ba, C. Coeur, A. Tomas, W. Chen, Incoherent broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy-based strategy for direct measurement of aerosol extinction in lidar blind zone, Opt. Lett. 45 (2020) 1611-1614.

How to cite: Meng, L., Wang, G., Coeur, C., Tomas, A., Wu, T., Fu, H., and Chen, W.: Development of an incoherent broadband cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (IBBCEAS) instrument for autonomous field measurements of HONO and NO2 in a rural area, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-16417,, 2021.

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