Articles | Volume 20, issue 19
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 11625–11637, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-11625-2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 11625–11637, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-11625-2020
Research article
13 Oct 2020
Research article | 13 Oct 2020

Aerosol light absorption and the role of extremely low volatility organic compounds

Antonios Tasoglou et al.

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A month-long set of summertime measurements in a remote area in the Mediterranean is used to quantify aerosol absorption. The measured light absorption was two or more times higher than that of fresh black carbon. The absorption enhancement due to the coating of black carbon cores by other aerosol components could explain only part of this absorption enhancement. The rest was due to brown carbon, mostly in the form of extremely low volatility organic compounds.
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