Recently funded NERC project between Octopus and ISIS department focuses on studying how the thin films commonly found on atmospheric aerosols can impact global warming and cloud formation. This important research will help to understand the reaction chemistry of these organic films and it involves using the data in a Met Office climate model.
Study requires STFC techniques of ISIS neutron scattering reflectivity and CLF laser trapping spectroscopy.
The sampling tower at Alice Holt forest. Natural organic aerosol is collected from above the tree canopy to allow thin film studies in the STFC laboratories.
A micron–sized aerosol droplet (white dot on picture below) levitated using lasers at the CLF Octopus Facility.
Courtesy of Forest Research
If you would like more information please contact Dr Andy Ward.