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Spontaneous fission of atmospheric aerosol particles

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We show that spontaneous division of atmospheric aerosol particles is thermodynamically possible, in spite of the corresponding increase in surface area, when there is a highly compressed organic surfactant coating on the particle. This class of atmospheric aerosol is thought to be present (and potentially important) in both marine and urban atmospheres. Fully-coated particles have been suggested to have played a role in the origin of cell-based life. The possibility of their spontaneous division has important implications for atmospheric chemistry, radiative transfer and the evolution of life on Earth.

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The article was received on 13 Jun 2001, accepted on 01 Oct 2001 and first published on 26 Nov 2001

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B105215M
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2001,3, 5270-5273
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    Spontaneous fission of atmospheric aerosol particles

    D. J. Donaldson, A. F. Tuck and V. Vaida, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2001, 3, 5270
    DOI: 10.1039/B105215M

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