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Urban Observatory Equipment

Our equipment can be loaned out to Manchester based research projects. For all enquires on equipment availability and applications please contact MUO using this form.

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The microAeth MA350 is a real-time 5-wavelength UV-IR Black Carbon monitor housed in an outdoor-rated case with an automatic filter tape advance system which allows for 3-12 months of continuous measurements.

Thomas Bannan
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The microAeth AE51 is a real-time, pocket-sized Black Carbon aerosol monitor. This palm-size instrument is small enough to be worn on-person and provides aerosol Black Carbon concentration in real-time.

Thomas Bannan
Portable_Optical_Particle_Spectrometer.jpg The Portable Optical Particle Spectrometer

The Portable Optical Particle Spectrometer (POPS) is a light-weight, high-performance, and low-cost particle counter. It is the ideal tool for measuring aerosol size distributions using unmanned platforms and ground-based sensor networks.

Thomas Bannan
ARISense_multi-pollutant_Instrument.png ARISense

The ARISense system is a multi-pollutant measurement system that includes electrolytic sensors that measure gas phase pollutants: nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and total oxidants (O3 + NO2) as well as a Non-Dispersive Infrared (NDIR) sensor to measure carbon dioxide (CO2).

Thomas Bannan
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The MBS+ is an aerosol fluorescence spectrometer designed for the detection and classification of airborne biological particles over the size range of 0.5 to 20 µm. It combines measurements of the light scattering size of the particle with assessment of the intrinsic fluorescence emitted by a particle under UV illumination at 280 nm and measurement of the spatial light scattering patter produced by the particle under illumination from a high-power pulsed laser. The fluorescence data can be used to determine the presence of biological fluorophores such as tryptophan within the particle, while the spatial scattering data can be used to assess particle shape and surface structure.

Ian Crawford
Swisens-poleno.jpg Swisens Poleno

The Poleno air flow cytometer is a high performance bioaerosol spectrometer optimised for the autonomous long-term monitoring of pollens, spores and allergens. Its multicomponent approach utilises fluorescence spectrum and lifetime measurements (3 excitation and 5 detection bands); digital holography to extract morphological features for optical recognition; and polarised time-resolved particle scattering information, sizing particles between 1 to 300 µm. The instrument is housed in an insulated weatherproof monitoring station, featuring a sigma-2 inlet, 4G router and mobile antenna and integrated service station, allowing the Poleno to be easily deployed for field use (total weight 134 kg). The inlet system features a virtual impactor particle concentrator to enhance particle concentrations of particles larger than 10 µm by approximately a factor of 1000 to improve counting statistics. An optional particle atomiser is also available to collect classification training data for local pollen species.

Ian Crawford