Estimation of aerosol optical properties considering hygroscopicity and light absorption

Chang Hoon Jung, Ji Yi Lee, Yong Pyo Kim

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In this study, the influences of water solubility and light absorption on the optical properties of organic aerosols were investigated. A size-resolved model for calculating optical properties was developed by combining thermodynamic hygroscopic growth and aerosol dynamics models. The internal mixtures based on the homogeneous and core-shell mixing were compared. The results showed that the radiative forcing (RF) of Water Soluble Organic Carbon (WSOC) aerosol can be estimated to range from-0.07 to-0.49W/m2 for core-shell mixing and from-0.09 to-0.47W/m2 for homogeneous mixing under the simulation conditions (RH=60%). The light absorption properties of WSOC showed the mass absorption efficiency (MAE) of WSOC can be estimated 0.43-0.5m2/g, which accounts for 5-10% of the MAE of elemental carbon (EC). The effect on MAE of increasing the imaginary refractive index of WSOC was also calculated, and it was found that increasing the imaginary refractive index by 0.001i enhanced WSOC aerosol absorption by approximately 0.02m2/g. Finally, the sensitivity test results revealed that changes in the fine mode fraction (FMF) and in the geometric mean diameter of the accumulation mode play important roles in estimating RF during hygroscopic growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-201
Number of pages11
JournalAtmospheric Environment
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015

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  • Hygroscopicity
  • Light absorption
  • Optical property
  • Radiative forcing
  • Water soluble organic aerosol


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