HELIOS information

General information
Access mode Physical access
Infrastructure name and acronym Outdoor Atmospheric Simulation Chamber of Orleans (HELIOS) 
Location Orléans, France
Legal name of organisation operating the infrastructure Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Institut de Combustion Aérothermique Réactivité et Environnement (CNRS-ICARE)
Description of the infrastructure
Brief general description of the infrastructure to which access is offered

HELIOS is a large hemispherical outdoor simulation chamber (volume of 90 m³) positioned on the top of the ICARE-CNRS building at Orléans (47°50’18.39N; 1°56’40.03E). The chamber is made of FEP film (250 μm thick) ensuring more than 90 % solar light transmission. The chamber is protected against severe meteorological conditions by a mobile protective housing which contains a series of Xenon lamps enabling experiments to be conducted also using artificial light. This special design makes HELIOS a unique platform in Europe where experiments can be made using both types of irradiation. HELIOS is dedicated mainly to the investigation of gas-phase processes and radical chemistry under different conditions (sunlight, artificial light and dark). 

It is equipped with a wide range of state-of-the-art instruments for physical and chemical characterization of trace gases and aerosols. The available range of complementary and highly sensitive instruments allows the investigation of radical chemistry, gas-phase processes and aerosol formation under realistic conditions.

Services currently offered by the infrastructure and its research environment

Investigations of chemical gas-phase processes and radical budgets by determining kinetic parameters, identifying the secondary products in the gas and particles and their yields. The atmospheric lifetimes of the investigated compounds and their degradation mechanisms can be derived.

Modalities of access and support offered under EUROCHAMP-2020
Typical duration of work

Two to four weeks including days for the preparation of the experiments and the protocols and data analysis.

Community/user type served

Academics, government agencies and industries.

Scientific and technical support offered
Training for the use of the infrastructure and the data treatment is offered. Depending on the degree of expertise of the guest, a data analysis of level 1 can be offered to users as well as the definition and design of the experiments to be conducted.
Logistic and administrative support offered Administrative support for ordering chemicals and consumables, logistic support for the management of chemicals, including gases (ordering, conservation, provision), as well as support during the stay
Person in charge of access provision at the infrastructure
Wahid Mellouki, CNRS,
Véronique Daële, CNRS,
Roland Benoit, CNRS,
Extended technical information
Physical description  HELIOS is a 90 m3 half-hemispheric chamber with FEP film ensuring more than 90 % solar light transmission. Diameter : 6 m, Height 3m, Projected horizontal surface area 55 m².
Mechanical description         

Irradiation spectra Natural irradiation
Size dependent aerosol loss/lifetime To be submitted
Auxiliary mechanism  To be developed 
Description paper

Y. Ren, B. Grosselin, V. Daele,  A. Mellouki Investigation of the reaction of ozone with isoprene, methacrolein and methyl vinyl ketone using the HELIOS chamber, Faraday Discussions, Faraday Discuss., 2017, 200, 289, DOI: 10.1039/c7fd00014f

Y. Ren, PhD Thesis, University pf Orleans, May 2017 (