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Atmospheric Electrification in Dusty, Reactive Gases in the Solar System and Beyond

Detailed observations of the solar system planets reveal a wide variety of local atmospheric conditions. Astronomical observations have revealed a variety of extrasolar planets none of which resembles any of the solar system planets in full. Instead, the most massive amongst the extrasolar planets, the gas giants, appear very similar to the class of (young) brown dwarfs which are ...

The Carnegie Curve

R. Giles Harrison 0 0 R. G. Harrison (&) Department of Meteorology, University of Reading , P.O. Box 243, Earley Gate, Reading RG6 6BB, UK The Earth's fair weather atmospheric electric field shows

Discrimination between cosmic ray and solar irradiance effects on clouds, and evidence for geophysical modulation of cloud thickness

R. Giles Harrison 0 0 Department of Meteorology, University of Reading , PO Box 243, Earley Gate, Reading RG6 6BB , UK irradiance effects on clouds, and evidence for Articles on similar topics can ... thickness BY R. GILES HARRISON* Solar activity and galactic cosmic rays (CRs) are closely inversely correlated. In studies of cloud changes associated with solar changes, the close solar activityCR

Cloud base height and cosmic rays

BY R. GILES HARRISON () 0 MAARTEN H. P. AMBAUM 0 MICHAEL LOCKWOOD 0 0 Department of Meteorology, University of Reading , PO Box 243, Earley Gate, Reading RG6 6BB , UK Cosmic rays modify current flow

Enhancement of cloud formation by droplet charging

Charge affects the activation of cloud droplets by reducing the minimum supersaturation at which haze droplets begin to grow. Although the droplet charge required to enhance activation is substantial, we show that sufficient charging occurs at the edges of layer clouds because the fair-weather current in the global atmospheric electrical circuit flows through a discontinuity in ...

Tropospheric New Particle Formation and the Role of Ions

Aerosol particles play an important role in the Earth’s troposphere and in the climate system: They scatter and absorb solar radiation, facilitate chemical processes, and serve as condensation nuclei for the formation of clouds. Tropospheric aerosol particles are emitted from surface sources or form in situ from the gas phase. Formation from the gas phase requires concentrations of ...