Ionization often changes natural material properties such as wettability; this phenomenon is important for aerosols or tiny droplets in natural and industrial processes. We estimate possible wettability changes by ionization in atmospheric aerosols and cloud droplets by analyzing reliable measurements of charge densities based on a general physical model. This estimation shows that atmospheric aerosols could have charge densities larger than , indicating significant wettability changes. Our finding would be important to evaluate possible effects of cosmic rays on cloud formation in terms of ionization rates.
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Research Article| May 12 2010
Charge-induced wetting of aerosols
Byung Mook Weon;
Byung Mook Weon, Jung Ho Je; Charge-induced wetting of aerosols. Appl. Phys. Lett. 10 May 2010; 96 (19): 194101. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3430007
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