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ACP | Articles | Volume 19, issue 1
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 349-362, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-349-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 349-362, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-349-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 10 Jan 2019

Research article | 10 Jan 2019

ROOOH: a missing piece of the puzzle for OH measurements in low-NO environments?

Christa Fittschen et al.
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Concentrations of OH, the main oxidant in the atmosphere, were measured in biogenic environments up to a factor of 10 higher than predicted by models. This was interpreted as a major lack in our understanding of biogenic volatile organic compound chemistry. But interferences of unknown origin have also been discovered, and we present experimental and modelling evidence that the interference might be due to the unexpected decomposition of a new class of molecule, ROOOH, in the FAGE instruments.
Concentrations of OH, the main oxidant in the atmosphere, were measured in biogenic environments...
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