Articles | Volume 18, issue 4
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 2431–2442, 2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 2431–2442, 2018

Research article 19 Feb 2018

Research article | 19 Feb 2018

A simple model for the time evolution of the condensation sink in the atmosphere for intermediate Knudsen numbers

Ekaterina Ezhova et al.


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Short summary
A condensation sink (CS) quantifies the rate of uptake of condensing vapours by pre-existing aerosol and can be used as well to quantify losses of monomers/clusters. An analytical solution of the condensation equation valid in a wide range of particle diameters is presented. We describe the dynamics of atmospheric CS, test the formulas against field observations and further use them to develop a simplified model of the coupled dynamics of aerosol and condensing vapours in the atmosphere.
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