Research report 2017 - Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

Radicals in the dark: NO3 and the nighttime chemistry of the troposphere

Authors
Crowley, John; Lelieveld, Jos
Departments
Arbeitsgruppe „Kinetik und Photochemie“ der Abteilung „Atmosphärenchemie“
Summary
Atmospheric chemistry does not stop at sunset but continues via the formation and reactions of the NO3 radical. Whilst this dark chemistry is distinct from that during the day, the day-night systems are strongly coupled. Understanding the present composition of the troposphere and the ability to predict the impact of increasing anthropogenic emissions in the future require detailed understanding of the multifarious gas-phase and heterogeneous processes, both night and day.

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