Estimating surface attachment kinetic and growth transition influences on vapor-grown ice crystals

Gwenore F. Pokrifka, Alfred M. Moyle, Lavender Elle Hanson, Jerry Y. Harrington

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There are few measurements of the vapor growth of small ice crystals at temperatures below 23°C. Presented here are mass-growth measurements of heterogeneously and homogeneously frozen ice particles grown within an electrodynamic levitation diffusion chamber at temperatures between -44° and -23°C and supersaturations si between 3% and 29%. These growth data are analyzed with two methods devised to estimate the deposition coefficient α without the direct use of si. Measurements of si are typically uncertain, which has called past estimates of α into question. We find that the deposition coefficient ranges from 0.002 to unity and is scattered with temperature, as shown in prior measurements. The data collectively also show a relationship between α and si, with α rising (falling) with increasing si for homogeneously (heterogeneously) frozen ice. Analysis of the normalized mass growth rates reveals that heterogeneously frozen crystals grow near the maximum rate at low si, but show increasingly inhibited (low α) growth at high si. Additionally, 7 of the 17 homogeneously frozen crystals cannot be modeled with faceted growth theory or constant α. These cases require the growth mode to transition from efficient to inefficient in time, leading to a large decline in α. Such transitions may be, in part, responsible for the inconsistency in prior measurements of α.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2393-2410
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science


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