Observation of sea-salt fraction in sub-100 nm diameter particles at Cape Grim

Cravigan, Luke T., Ristovski, Zoran, Modini, Robin L., Keywood, Melita D., & Gras, John L. (2015) Observation of sea-salt fraction in sub-100 nm diameter particles at Cape Grim. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 120(5), pp. 1848-1864.

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Volatility-hygroscopicity tandem differential mobility analyzer measurements were used to infer the composition of sub-100 nm diameter Southern Ocean marine aerosols at Cape Grim in November and December 2007. This study focuses on a short-lived high sea spray aerosol (SSA) event on 7–8 December with two externally mixed modes in the Hygroscopic Growth Factor (HGF) distributions (90% relative humidity (RH)), one at HGF > 2 and another at HGF~1.5. The particles with HGF > 2 displayed a deliquescent transition at 73–75% RH and were nonvolatile up to 280°C, which identified them as SSA particles with a large inorganic sea-salt fraction. SSA HGFs were 3–13% below those for pure sea-salt particles, indicating an organic volume fraction (OVF) of up to 11–46%. Observed high inorganic fractions in sub-100 nm SSA is contrary to similar, earlier studies. HGFs increased with decreasing particle diameter over the range 16–97 nm, suggesting a decreased OVF, again contrary to earlier studies. SSA comprised up to 69% of the sub-100 nm particle number, corresponding to concentrations of 110–290 cm−3. Air mass back trajectories indicate that SSA particles were produced 1500 km, 20–40 h upwind of Cape Grim. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray spectrometry measurements of sub-100 nm aerosols collected from the same location, and at the same time, displayed a distinct lack of sea salt. Results herein highlight the potential for biases in TEM analysis of the chemical composition of marine aerosols.

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ID Code: 95128
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: marine aerosol, sea spray, CCN, hygroscopic growth, deliquescence, Cape Grim, entrainment
DOI: 10.1002/2014JD022601
ISSN: 2169-897X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (040100) > Atmospheric Aerosols (040101)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 American Geophysical Union
Deposited On: 26 Apr 2016 01:21
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2017 07:14

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