The activity size distributions of the natural radionuclide tracer 7Be in different size fractions (<0.4 μm, 0.4–0.7 μm, 0.7–1.1 μm, 1.1–2.1 μm, 2.1–3.1 μm, 3.1–4.2 μm, 4.2–5.8 μm, 5.8–9.0 μm > 9.0 μm) were determined at four different site places in Northern Italy during the four seasons of the year 2011. One cascade impactor operated at the LASA-station considered the reference station and the other used for simultaneous measurements at the three other sites. Three sets of independent samples were collected during every season of the year 2011. The initial activity distribution inverted into smooth size distribution. The model parameters successfully defined to obtain the best fit-curve and two or three modes were resolved, with the predominant fit at the accumulation range. The lowest Activity Median Aerodynamic Diameter (AMAD) values were observed during summer. The AMAD values were anticorrelated with 7Be activities, while they were correlated with Relative Humidity. Similar AMAD values in suburban and urban regions were observed during all periods of the year. AMAD values of 7Be aerosol particles in areas with poor air quality were greater than those at the less polluted environments far from anthropogenic activities regions. This indicates that 7Be AMAD values could be used as an index of air quality conditions in areas like the Po Valley.
|Titolo:||Activity size distribution of radioactive nuclide 7Be at different locations and under different meteorological conditions|
|Parole Chiave:||Aerosols; Radioactive aerosols; Impactors; AMAD|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore FIS/07 - Fisica Applicata(Beni Culturali, Ambientali, Biol.e Medicin)|
|Data di pubblicazione:||set-2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.05.044|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|