Articles | Volume 17, issue 8
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 5459–5475, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-5459-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 5459–5475, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-5459-2017

Research article 28 Apr 2017

Research article | 28 Apr 2017

Secondary organic aerosol formation in biomass-burning plumes: theoretical analysis of lab studies and ambient plumes

Qijing Bian et al.

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Phase dynamics of wildland fire smoke emissions and their secondary organic aerosols Q., Bian, S. M. Kreidenweis, and J. R. Pierce https://doi.org/10.2737/RDS-2017-0019

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In this paper, we perform simulations of the evolution of biomass-burning organic aerosol in laboratory smog-chamber experiments and ambient plumes. We find that in smog-chamber experiments, vapor wall losses lead to a large reduction in the apparent secondary organic aerosol formation. In ambient plumes, fire size and meteorology regulate the plume dilution rate, primary organic aerosol evaporation rate, and secondary organic aerosol formation rate.
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