Articles | Volume 19, issue 7
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-4311-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-4311-2019
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03 Apr 2019
Research article |  | 03 Apr 2019

The impact of solar radiation on polar mesospheric ice particle formation

Mario Nachbar, Henrike Wilms, Denis Duft, Tasha Aylett, Kensei Kitajima, Takuya Majima, John M. C. Plane, Markus Rapp, and Thomas Leisner

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Polar mesospheric clouds (PMC) are water ice clouds forming on nanoparticles in the polar summer mesopause. We investigate the impact of solar radiation on PMC formation in the laboratory. We show that Mie theory calculations combined with an equilibrium temperature model presented in this work predict the warming of the particles very well. Using this model we demonstrate that the impact of solar radiation on ice particle formation is significantly lower than previously assumed.
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