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Technical note: Organics-induced fluorescence in Raman studies of sulfuric acid aerosols

Hegglin, M. I., Krieger, U. K., Koop, T., and Peter, T. (2002) Technical note: Organics-induced fluorescence in Raman studies of sulfuric acid aerosols. Aerosol Science and Technology, 36 (4). pp. 510-512. ISSN 0278-6826

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/027868202753571331

Abstract/Summary

Fluorescence is a troublesome side effect in laboratory Raman studies on sulfuric acid solutions and aerosol particles. We performed experiments showing that organic matter induces fluorescence in H2SO4/H2O solutions. The intensity of the fluorescence signal appears to be almost independent of the concentration of the organic substances, but depends strongly on the sulfuric acid concentration. The ubiquity of organic substances in the atmosphere, their relatively high abundance, and the insensitivity of the fluorescence with respect to their concentrations will render most acidic natural aerosols subject to absorption and fluorescence, possibly influencing climate forcing. We show that, while fluorescence may in the future become a valuable tool of aerosol diagnostics, the concurrent absorption is too small to significantly affect the atmosphere's radiative balance.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:33357
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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