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Characterization of new particle and secondary aerosol formation during summertime in Beijing, China

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Y. M. Zhang,

Key Laboratory for Atmospheric Chemistry, Centre for Atmosphere Watch and Services, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, China Meteorological Administration; Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, CN
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X. Y. Zhang ,

Key Laboratory for Atmospheric Chemistry, Centre for Atmosphere Watch and Services, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, China Meteorological Administration, CN
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J. Y. Sun,

Key Laboratory for Atmospheric Chemistry, Centre for Atmosphere Watch and Services, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, China Meteorological Administration, CN
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W. L. Lin,

Key Laboratory for Atmospheric Chemistry, Centre for Atmosphere Watch and Services, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, China Meteorological Administration, CN
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S. L. Gong,

Air Quality Research Division, Science and Technology Branch, CA
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X. J. Shen,

Key Laboratory for Atmospheric Chemistry, Centre for Atmosphere Watch and Services, Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences, China Meteorological Administration, CN
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S. Yang

State Key Laboratory of Numerical Modeling for Atmospheric Sciences and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, CN
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Abstract

Size-resolved aerosol number and mass concentrations and the mixing ratios of O3 and various trace gases were continuously measured at an urban station before and during the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games (5 June to 22 September, 2008). 23 new particle formation (NPF) events were identified; these usually were associated with changes in wind direction and/or rising concentrations of gas-phase precursors or after precipitation events. Most of the NPF events started in the morning and continued to noon as particles in the nucleation mode grew into the Aitken mode. From noon to midnight, the aerosols grew into the accumulation mode through condensation and coagulation. Ozone showed a gradual rise starting around 10:00 local time, reached its peak around 15:00 and then declined as the organics increased. The dominant new particle species were organics (40-75% of PM1) and sulphate; nitrate and ammonium were more minor contributors.

How to Cite: Zhang, Y.M., Zhang, X.Y., Sun, J.Y., Lin, W.L., Gong, S.L., Shen, X.J. and Yang, S., 2011. Characterization of new particle and secondary aerosol formation during summertime in Beijing, China. Tellus B: Chemical and Physical Meteorology, 63(3), pp.382–394. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0889.2011.00533.x
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  Published on 01 Jan 2011
 Accepted on 8 Mar 2011            Submitted on 27 May 2009

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