Aerosol Physics, 7.5 credits

About the course

Aerosol Physics dives into the world of physical properties and processes of airborne particles suspended in air, also known as aerosols. The major factor differing the aerosols from gases is that while all molecules of a specific substance have the same size and mass (if we neglect the small difference between isotopes), aerosol particles range in size from slightly less than one nanometre to some hundreds of micrometres in diameter. Almost all properties of the aerosols and all way in which the particles interact with its surroundings change fundamentally with the particle sizes. This includes diffusion, condensation of gases on the particle, coagulation between colliding particles; or deposition on the planet surface, vegetation, lungs, as well as aerosol sampling tubes and inside aerosol instruments. It also includes the aerosols interaction with radiation and with clouds.

Aerosol physical properties and processes are of fundamental importance for understanding and solving problems such as

• in and outdoor air quality

• aerosol health effects

• climate change

• deposition of medications in the respiration system

• air-filtering

• aerosols measurements

• and a multitude of industrial applications

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