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Perfluorocarbon Tracer Sampling and Analysis
The Brookhaven National Laboratory Tracer Technology Group is available for participation in atmospheric transport and dispersion field programs.
Contact the Tracer Technology Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory
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The perfluorocarbon tracer compounds (PFTs) are totally fluorinated cycloalkane compounds that make good tracers because of their physical characteristics and because they are present in the atmosphere at low levels. BNL Tracer Technology Group analysis methods can detect background (parts per quadrillion, 10e15) levels of most PFTs in 1.5 L air samples. Multiple compounds can be resolved in a single analysis. PTFs have been used since the early 1980s to study atmospheric transport and dispersion on local, regional, and continental scales. These studies have led to increased understanding of the movement of pollutants and other hazardous substances in the atmosphere and to improvement and validation of atmospheric transport models. These research programs have application to issues of critical national and global importance such as homeland security, air quality, and climate change. The Brookhaven National Laboratory Tracer Technology Group has developed methods to release and detect PFTs. These methods have been used in atmospheric transport and dispersion on local, regional, and continental scales; in building infiltration research in homes commercial buildings, and nuclear power plant control rooms; and to find leaks in underground utility lines and hazardous waste storage systems.
Thomas B. Watson
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Tracer Technology Group Bldg. 815E Upton, NY 11973
(631) 344-4517
Network NameTracer Technology Group
Facility TypeSampling and analysis capability
LocationBrookhaven National Laboratory
Number of StationsNA
Map of StationsNA
Parameters (Most)PFT detection limit at the parts per quadrillion level
Paramters (Limited)
Period of RecordNA
Temporal ResolutionNA
Data SeasonNA
Data AvailabilityNA
Other Purposes
Watson, T.B.,Wilke R., Dietz, R. N., Heiser, J., and Kalb, P. The Atmospheric Background of Perfluorocarbon Compounds Used as Tracers. Accepted for Publication Environ. Sci. and Technol., July, 2007. Watson, T.B.; Heiser, J.; Kalb, P.; Dietz, R. N.; Wilke R.; Wieser R.; and Vignato G.; The New York City Urban Dispersion Program March 2005 Field Study: Tracer Methods and Results. BNL-75592-2006, Brookhaven National Laboratory Formal Report, 2006. Watson, T. B.; Dietz, R. N.; and Wilke, R.; The Florida Tower Footprint Experiments: Tracer Methods and Results. BNL-78032-2007, Brookhaven National Lab oratory Formal Report, 2007. www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/909972-5TPb3B/ Green, M.; Kuhns, H.; Pitchford, M.; Dietz, R.; Ashbaugh, L.; Watson, T. Application of the Tracer-Aerosol Gradient Interpretive Technique (TAGIT) to sulfur attribution for the Big Bend Regional Aerosol and Visibility Observational (BRAVO) Study. J. Air and Waste Manage Assoc. 2003, 53, 586-595. Dietz, R. N. Perfluorocarbon Tracer Technology. Regional and Long-range Transport of Air Pollution. Sandroni, S. (ed.) Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V., Amsterdam, 1986. Hong, J. K.; Leclerc, M. Y.; Watson, T. B.; Qui, G.; Warland. J.; Karipot A.; Zhang, G.; Dietz, R.; Lewin K.; Nagy, J.; Hendrey, G. R.; and Starr G. Tracer Validation of a Lagrangian Analytic Solution Inside a Forest Canopy. 2007, In preparation.
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