volume 25, issue 5, P635-638 1998
DOI: 10.1029/98gl00253
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Abstract: Abstract: We propose a new source of aerosol particles in the lower atmosphere that is based on the formation, growth, and recombination of ubiquitous cosmogenically-generated ions. This mechanism provides a uniform, continuous fine-particle generator in the presence of precursor vapors, such as sulfuric acid, or certain organic compounds. Thus, for example, aqueous sulfate aerosols can form at sulfuric acid vapor partial pressures well below the supersaturations required for homogeneous nucleation. Detailed …

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