Articles | Volume 21, issue 1
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 69–85, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-69-2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 69–85, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-69-2021

Research article 05 Jan 2021

Research article | 05 Jan 2021

The enhancement of droplet collision by electric charges and atmospheric electric fields

Shian Guo and Huiwen Xue

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AR by Huiwen Xue on behalf of the Authors (09 Jul 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (14 Aug 2020) by Patrick Chuang
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (02 Sep 2020)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (14 Oct 2020) by Patrick Chuang
AR by Huiwen Xue on behalf of the Authors (26 Oct 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (11 Nov 2020) by Patrick Chuang
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Short summary
Observations in previous studies show that cloud droplets carry electric charges. We are curious about whether the electric interaction enhances the collision of cloud droplets. The effect of the electric charge and atmospheric electric field on the raindrop-formation process is studied numerically. Results indicate that a cloud with a small droplet size is more sensitive to an electric charge and field, which could significantly trigger droplet collision and accelerate raindrop formation.
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