Transfer of mass-independent fractionation in ozone to other oxygen-containing radicals in the atmosphere

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Abstract

Mass-independent fractionation (MIF) of ozone has been observed in both the troposphere and stratosphere. Because ozone is a photochemically active species, its MIF signature can be imparted to other atmospheric molecules. Using a photochemical equilibrium model for short-lived radical species, I have computed the expected MIF for typical mid-latitude conditions. The model accounts for about ˜ 70% of recent measurements of Δ17O for H2O2 in rainwater, and predicts large MIF for NOx and CIO species (˜40-70 ‰), and their products (CIONO2 and HNO3). Furthermore, in the stratosphere oxygen exchange reactions between OH and NOx yield OH with Δ17O from 2 to 45 ‰. Stratospheric water produced during H abstraction by OH would be similarly mass-independently fractionated. In the troposphere rapid exchange between OH and H2O erases any MIF signature in OH. These model results depend on several O exchange reactions with unknown activation energies or with rate coefficients known only as upper limits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3231-3234
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Volume28
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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