Wet and dry sizes of atmospheric aerosol particles: An AFM‐TEM Study

Pósfai, Mihály and Xu, Huifang and Anderson, James R. and Buseck, Peter R. (1998) Wet and dry sizes of atmospheric aerosol particles: An AFM‐TEM Study. Geophysical Research Letters, 25 (11). pp. 1907-1910. ISSN 0094-8276


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We studied the hygroscopic behavior of atmospheric aerosols by using a novel approach, the combination of atomic force microscopy (AFM) with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging of the same individual particles. By comparing the dimensions of hydrated and dry ammonium sulfate particles collected above the North Atlantic Ocean, we determined that particle volumes are up to four times larger under ambient conditions (as determined by AFM) than in the vacuum of a transmission electron microscope. We interpret these changes as resulting from the loss of water. Organic films on the particles may be responsible for the relatively large water uptake at low relative humidities.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QD Chemistry / kémia > QD06 Mineralogy / ásványtan
Q Science / természettudomány > QE Geology / földtudományok
Depositing User: Erika Bilicsi
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2012 17:09
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2012 17:09

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