Articles | Volume 7, issue 9
04 May 2007
04 May 2007

Waterfalls as sources of small charged aerosol particles

L. Laakso, A. Hirsikko, T. Grönholm, M. Kulmala, A. Luts, and T.-E. Parts

Abstract. In this study, we measured the mobility distributions of cluster and intermediate ions with an ion spectrometer near a waterfall. We observed that the concentration of negative 1.5–10 nm ions was one-hundred fold higher than a reference point 100 m away from the waterfall. Also, the concentration of positive intermediate ions was found to be higher than that at the reference point by a factor of ten. This difference was observed only at the smallest sizes; above 10 nm the difference was insignificant.

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