We describe a system to characterize individual aerosol particles using stable and repeatable measurement of elastic light scattering. The method employs a linear electrodynamic quadrupole (LEQ) particle trap. Charged particles, continuously injected by electrospray into this system, are confined to move vertically along the stability line in the center of the LEQ past a point where they are optically interrogated. Light scattered in the near forward direction was measured at three different wavelengths using time-division multiplexed collinear laser beams. We validated our method by comparing measured silica microsphere data for four selected diameters (0.7, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 µm) to a model of collected scattered light intensities based upon Lorenz-Mie scattering theory. Scattered light measurements at the different wavelengths are correlated, allowing us to distinguish and classify inhomogeneous particles.
Lane, P. A., Hart, M. B., Jain, V., Tucker, J. E., & Eversole, J. D. (2018). Characterization of single particle aerosols by elastic light scattering at multiple wavelengths. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 208, 188–195. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jqsrt.2017.12.017