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Liu et al. 2022

Liu, L., G.L. Schuster, H. Moosmüller, S. Stamnes, B. Cairns, and J. Chowdhary, 2022: Optical properties of morphologically complex black carbon aerosols: Effects of coatings. J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 281, 108080, doi:10.1016/j.jqsrt.2022.108080.

Optical properties are computed for fractal-like aggregate black carbon (BC) aerosols coated with different substances. Two models are used for these aerosols: (i) the coated aggregate model (model I), where coating is added to the voids and surroundings of BC fractal-like aggregates; and (ii) the closed-cell aggregate model (model II), where coating is added concentrically to each monomer of BC fractal-like aggregates. Our results favor choosing the coated aggregate model (model I) to simulate scattering and absorption by coated BC aerosols because this model is morphologically more realistic, and because this model yields mass absorption cross section (MAC) and backscattering linear depolarization ratio (LDR) values that are consistent with field measurements. Moreover the corresponding computed degree of linear polarization (DoLP) and LDR values are very sensitive to changes in the coating volume fraction (fvol) and the coating refractive index (m). With the same absorbing BC core, the MAC value increases steadily with increasing fvol and m values. For example, using a density of 1.8 g/cm3 and BC refractive index 1.95+i0.79, the calculated MAC values for uncoated BC aggregates range from 6.2 to 6.8 m2/g at 0.55 µm. When coating material is applied to the BC aggregates, the calculated MAC values for model I particles increase to between 9.8 and 13.2 m2/g (depending on m) when fvol = 87.5%. The backscattering LDR values also tend to increase with the increasing m values for the shapes and sizes considered in our study. For model I particles, the backscattering LDR values span a wide range of 4.2% to 27.8% at a wavelength of 0.35 µm at fvol = 87.5% when m increases from 1.33 to 1.55. Our results are relevant to analyses of polarimetric and lidar observations of smoke particles, especially when these particles undergo hygroscopic growth.

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BibTeX Citation

  author={Liu, L. and Schuster, G. L. and Moosmüller, H. and Stamnes, S. and Cairns, B. and Chowdhary, J.},
  title={Optical properties of morphologically complex black carbon aerosols: Effects of coatings},
  journal={J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer},

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RIS Citation

ID  - li06210w
AU  - Liu, L.
AU  - Schuster, G. L.
AU  - Moosmüller, H.
AU  - Stamnes, S.
AU  - Cairns, B.
AU  - Chowdhary, J.
PY  - 2022
TI  - Optical properties of morphologically complex black carbon aerosols: Effects of coatings
JA  - J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer
VL  - 281
SP  - 108080
DO  - 10.1016/j.jqsrt.2022.108080
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