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Nitric acid-induced surface disordering on ice

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Abstract

We examined the interaction of HNO3 with water ice for partial pressures 2 × 10−8 Torr to 1 × 10−5 Torr and at temperatures from 216 to 256 K using (i) the surface-specific technique ellipsometry and (ii) a coated wall flow tube reactor, both coupled with chemical ionization mass spectrometry detection of HNO3 in the gas phase. Our ellipsometry results show that exposure to HNO3 induces surface disordering on ice at a range of environmentally relevant temperatures and HNO3 partial pressures, particularly in the vicinity of the boundary between the ice and the HNO3·3H2O phases. The coated wall flow tube studies indicate that the nature of HNO3 uptake changes from reversible adsorption to a continuous flux of HNO3 into the bulk in the presence of a disordered interfacial layer. These results have implications for atmospheric chemistry in the upper troposphere and in polar regions.

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The article was received on 01 Feb 2013, accepted on 15 May 2013 and first published on 16 May 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP50487E
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013,15, 10989-10995
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    Nitric acid-induced surface disordering on ice

    S. G. Moussa, M. H. Kuo and V. F. McNeill, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 10989
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CP50487E

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