Calibration of the QCM/SAW Cascade Impactor for Measurement of Ozone in the StratosphereThe Quartz Crystal Microbalance Surface Acoustic Wave (QCM/SAW) cascade impactor collects size-fractionated distributions of aerosols on a series of 10 MHz quartz crystals and employs SAW devices coated with chemical sensors for gas detection. Presently, we are calibrating the ER-2 certified QCM/SAW cascade impactor in the laboratory for the detection of ozone. Experiments have been performed to characterize the QCM and SAW mass loading, saturation limits, mass frequency relationships, and sensitivity. We are also characterizing sampling efficiency by measuring the loss of ozone on different materials. There are parallel experiments underway to measure the variations in the sensitivity and response of the QCM/SAW crystals as a function of temperature and pressure. Results of the work to date will be shown.
Wright, Cassandra K. (Howard Univ. Washington, DC United States)
Sims, S. C. (Howard Univ. Washington, DC United States)
Peterson, C. B. (Howard Univ. Washington, DC United States)
Morris, V. R. (Howard Univ. Washington, DC United States)
August 17, 2013
January 1, 1997
Publication: The First National Student Conference: NASA University Research Centers at Minority Institutions