condensation nuclei

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condensation nuclei

neutral particles, such as dust, in the atmosphere that are able to absorb or adsorb water and grow. At relatively high humidities they form fogs or hazes. Condensation nuclei consisting of sulfuric or nitric acid vapors or nitrogen oxides may be a source of respiratory irritants.
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A modeling study of the response of tropical deep convection to the increase of cloud condensation nuclei concentration: 1.
Working with Gregory Roberts at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Nenes developed a new type of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) counter.
Aerosols serve as the cloud condensation nuclei around which droplets form.