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AMT | Articles | Volume 12, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 2647-2663, 2019
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 2647-2663, 2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 08 May 2019

Research article | 08 May 2019

Aging aerosol in a well-mixed continuous-flow tank reactor: an introduction of the activation time distribution

Franz Friebel and Amewu A. Mensah
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Simulating atmospheric aging processes in the laboratory under atmospheric conditions is a...