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ACP | Articles | Volume 18, issue 18
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 13733–13754, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-13733-2018
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 13733–13754, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-13733-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Research article 27 Sep 2018

Research article | 27 Sep 2018

Exploring the potential of nano-Köhler theory to describe the growth of atmospheric molecular clusters by organic vapors using cluster kinetics simulations

Jenni Kontkanen et al.

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New particle formation involving sulfuric acid, bases and organic compounds is an important source of atmospheric aerosol particles. We investigate the capability of nano-Köhler theory to describe this process by simulating the dynamics of atmospheric molecular clusters. We find that nano-Köhler-type behavior occurs in our simulations when the saturation ratio of the organic vapor and the ratio between organic and inorganic vapor concentrations are in a suitable range.
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