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Ion – particle interactions during particle formation and growth at a coniferous forest site in central Europe

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Gonser, Stefan ; Klein, Felix ; Birmili, Wolfram ; Größ, Johannes ; Kulmala, Markku ; Manninen, Hanna E. ; Wiedensohler, Alfred ; Held, Andreas:
Ion – particle interactions during particle formation and growth at a coniferous forest site in central Europe.
In: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Vol. 14 (2014) . - pp. 10547-10563.
ISSN 1680-7324
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-14-10547-2014

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In this work, we examined the interaction of ions and neutral particles during atmospheric new particle formation (NPF) events. The analysis is based on simultaneous field measurements of atmospheric ions and total particles using a neutral cluster and air ion spectrometer (NAIS) across the diameter range 2–25 nm. The Waldstein research site is located in a spruce forest in NE Bavaria, Southern Germany, known for enhanced radon concentrations, presumably leading to elevated ionization rates. Our observations show that the occurrence of the ion nucleation mode preceded that of the total particle nucleation mode during all analyzed NPF events. The time difference between the appearance of 2 nm ions and 2 nm total particles was typically about 20 to 30 min. A cross correlation analysis showed a rapid decrease of the time difference between the ion and total modes during the growth process. Eventually, this time delay vanished when both ions and total particles did grow to larger diameters. Considering the growth rates of ions and total particles separately, total particles exhibited enhanced growth rates at diameters below 15 nm. This observation cannot be explained by condensation or coagulation, because these processes would act more efficiently on charged particles compared to neutral particles. To explain our observations, we propose a mechanism including recombination and attachment of continuously present cluster ions with the ion nucleation mode and the neutral nucleation mode, respectively.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER125155
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Professorship Atmospheric Chemistry
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Former Professors > Professorship Atmospheric Chemistry - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Held
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Earth Sciences > Former Professors
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 06 May 2015 14:57
Last Modified: 06 May 2015 14:57
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/12918