New Particle Formation of Marine Biological Origin
2010 (English)In: Aerosol Science and Technology, ISSN 0278-6826, E-ISSN 1521-7388, Vol. 44, no 7, 570-577 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Large increases in concentration of particles smaller than 20 nm diameter are relatively common over the central Arctic Ocean in summer and have occasionally been observed over lower latitude oceans. These events often do not readily fit theoretical models of homogeneous nucleation from known precursor gases. It is shown that aggregates and gels of marine biological origin are often common over remote oceans and have a partially granular structure. Previous work in the central Arctic Ocean in summer has shown evidence of release of particles of the order of 40 nm diameter in the presence of evaporating fogs. It is suggested here that under some circumstances disintegration of the primary particles may be more complete, releasing particles smaller than 5 nm that would then be mistaken for recently nucleated particles. Examination of particles present during an apparent nucleation event at Cape Grim, Tasmania supports this interpretation. Correlation coefficients of concentrations of particles of different sizes during the period before apparent nucleation events suggests a distinct difference between vigorous true nucleation events and those over the central Arctic Ocean in summer where little subsequent growth is observed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 44, no 7, 570-577 p.
Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-49217DOI: 10.1080/02786826.2010.481222ISI: 000278589900009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-49217DiVA: diva2:376894
authorCount :22010-12-132010-12-132010-12-27Bibliographically approved