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Indirect evidence of the composition of nucleation mode atmospheric particles in the high Arctic
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM).
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, ISSN 2169-897X, E-ISSN 2169-8996, Vol. 121, no 2, 965-975 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous long-term observations have shown that nanoparticle formation events are common in the summer-time high Arctic and linked to local photochemical activity. However, current knowledge is limited with respect to the chemical precursors of resulting nanoparticles and the compounds involved in their subsequent growth. Here we report case-study measurements during new particle formation (NPF) events of the particle size distribution (diameter>7nm) and for the first time the volatility of monodisperse particles having diameter 40nm, providing indirect information about their composition. Volatility measurements provide indirect evidence that a predominant fraction of the 12nm particle population is ammoniated sulfates in the summertime high Arctic. Our observations further suggest that the majority of the sub-40nm particle population during NPF events does not exist in the form of sulfuric acid but rather as partly or fully neutralized ammoniated sulfates.

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2016. Vol. 121, no 2, 965-975 p.
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nucleation, high Arctic, ammonium sulfate
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127879DOI: 10.1002/2015JD023646ISI: 000370471800024OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-127879DiVA: diva2:940444
Available from: 2016-06-21 Created: 2016-03-14 Last updated: 2016-06-21Bibliographically approved

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