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Research article
06 Jan 2015
Research article |  | 06 Jan 2015

The effect of dry and wet deposition of condensable vapors on secondary organic aerosols concentrations over the continental US

C. Knote, A. Hodzic, and J. L. Jimenez


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Short summary
Organic material found in ambient aerosol is mostly formed through the oxidation of gaseous precursors. It is semi-volatile under atmospheric conditions, and it continuously partitions between the gas and particle phases. At the same time, it is also highly water soluble. We show that wet and especially dry deposition of semi-volatile organic compounds in the gas phase are major indirect removal pathways for the particle phase, and hence need to be accurately accounted for in modeling studies.
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