Modeling the formation and growth of atmospheric molecular clusters: A review

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  • Jonas Elm
  • Jakub Kubečka, University of Helsinki
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  • Vitus Besel, University of Helsinki
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  • Matias J. Jääskeläinen, University of Helsinki
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  • Roope Halonen, University of Helsinki
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  • Theo Kurtén, University of Helsinki
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  • Hanna Vehkamäki, University of Helsinki

Molecular clusters are ubiquitous constituents of the ambient atmosphere, that can grow into larger sizes forming new aerosol particles. The formation and growth of small clusters into aerosol particles remain one of the largest uncertainties in global climate predictions. This has made the modeling of atmospheric molecular clustering into an active field of research, yielding direct molecular level information about the formation mechanism. We review the present state-of-the-art quantum chemical methods and cluster distribution dynamics models that are applied to study the formation and growth of atmospheric molecular clusters. We outline the current challenges in applying theoretical methods and the future directions to move the field forward.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer105621
TidsskriftJournal of Aerosol Science
Vol/bind149
Antal sider38
ISSN0021-8502
DOI
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2020

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