Applying molecular spectroscopy to atmospheric chemistry helps understand fundamental interactions relevant to wet sea-salt aerosols and ozone chemistry. Wet sea-salt aerosols have been found to process atmospheric chlorine, which affects tropospheric ozone concentrations. Studying the chemical physics of alkali-halide (MX) hydrated ion complexes will help elucidate the mechanisms of these interactions. En route to our study of MX water complexes, several aspects of the experimental procedure needed optimization. Working with 39K127I [potassium iodide] and other MX salts, such as NaCl has helped us improve experimental methodology.
NSF 0845290 (2009). This research was supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).
Laser Ablation of Alkali-Halides: Toward Understanding Ionic Dissociation at a Molecular Level.
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