Sample records for quasi-spherical ice crystals

  1. Light Scattering by Quasi-Spherical Ice Crystals

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Timo Nousiainen; Greg M. McFarquhar

    2004-01-01

    The shapes and single-scattering properties of small, irregular, quasi-spherical ice crystals, with equivalent radii between approximately 8 and 90 mum and size parameters from about 90 to 1000, are studied using two-dimensional images measured by a cloud particle imager in midlatitude cirrus during the 2000 Cloud Intensive Operation Period conducted over the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement program's Southern Great Plains site.

  2. Snow Ice Crystals

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    Furukawa, Y.

    This article from Physics Today by Yoshinori Furukawa and John S. Wettlaufer and John S. Wettlaufer describes how ice crystals form on the earth. The resource includes graphics depicting how different shapes of ice crystals are formed.

  3. Quasi-spherical direct drive fusion.

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    VanDevender, J. Pace; Abbott, Lucas M.; Langston, William L.; McDaniel, Dillon Heirman; Nash, Thomas J.; Roderick, Norman Frederick; Silva, M.

    2007-01-01

    The authors present designs of quasi-spherical direction drive z-pinch loads for machines such as ZR at 28 MA load current with a 150 ns implosion time (QSDDI). A double shell system for ZR has produced a 2D simulated yield of 12 MJ, but the drive for this system on ZR has essentially no margin. A double shell system for a 56 MA driver at 150 ns implosion has produced a simulated yield of 130 MJ with considerable margin in attaining the necessary temperature and density-radius product for ignition. They also represent designs for a magnetically insulated current amplifier, (MICA), that modify the attainable ZR load current to 36 MA with a 28 ns rise time. The faster pulse provided by a MICA makes it possible to drive quasi-spherical single shell implosions (QSDD2). They present results from 1D LASNEX and 2D MACH2 simulations of promising low-adiabat cryogenic QSDD2 capsules and 1D LASNEX results of high-adiabat cryogenic QSDD2 capsules.

  4. Ice crystal ingestion by turbofans

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    Rios Pabon, Manuel A.

    This Thesis will present the problem of inflight icing in general and inflight icing caused by the ingestion of high altitude ice crystals produced by high energy mesoscale convective complexes in particular, and propose a new device to prevent it based on dielectric barrier discharge plasma. Inflight icing is known to be the cause of 583 air accidents and more than 800 deaths in more than a decade. The new ice crystal ingestion problem has caused more than 100 flights to lose engine power since the 1990's, and the NTSB identified it as one of the causes of the Air France flight 447 accident in 1-Jun2008. The mechanics of inflight icing not caused by ice crystals are well established. Aircraft surfaces exposed to supercooled liquid water droplets will accrete ice in direct proportion of the droplet catch and the freezing heat transfer process. The multiphase flow droplet catch is predicted by the simple sum of forces on each spherical droplet and a droplet trajectory calculation based on Lagrangian or Eulerian analysis. The most widely used freezing heat transfer model for inflight icing caused by supercooled droplets was established by Messinger. Several computer programs implement these analytical models to predict inflight icing, with LEWICE being based on Lagrangian analysis and FENSAP being based on Eulerian analysis as the best representatives among them. This Thesis presents the multiphase fluid mechanics particular to ice crystals, and explains how it differs from the established droplet multiphase flow, and the obstacles in implementing the former in computational analysis. A new modification of the Messinger thermal model is proposed to account for ice accretion produced by ice crystal impingement. Because there exist no computational and experimental ways to fully replicate ice crystal inflight icing, and because existing ice protections systems consume vast amounts of energy, a new ice protection device based on dielectric barrier discharge plasma is proposed and built in this Thesis, called DBDAIS, with a complete description of the anti-ice cycle. Contrary to existing ice protection systems, which either heat the aircraft surfaces, or mechanically remove the accreted ice, the DBDAIS employs non-thermal plasma discharges to prevent ice accretion. A new apparatus that mimics inflight icing based on combining the liquid sprays of liquid nitrogen and water was designed and fabricated, named LNITA. The apparatus produces ice similar to glaze ice and rime ice, the two characteristic types of ice from inflight icing, at the cost of 1% of similar tests in icing wind tunnels. Nineteen experiments of the DBDAIS were performed in the LNITA. The results from the experiments point to 32 kV and 4 kHz being adequate to prevent ice accretion, with a power consumption of 1 W/cm2. This compares favorably to existing ice protection systems, which typically run at 10 W/cm2, and to the power consumption of a typical electric stove burner at maximum power, which is 5 W/cm2. To complete this Thesis, a design and development project is proposed to implement the DBDAIS in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), with the selection of standard FAA inflight icing conditions, the run of 240 LEWICE simulations, and an analysis of the run results. The computational results lead to the design of a wing boot covering the airfoil from 20% of the lower pressure surface to 4% of the upper suction surface as the optimal protection for a UAS.

  5. Role of Pressure in Quasi-Spherical Gravitational Collapse

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    Subenoy Chakraborty; Sanjukta Chakraborty; Ujjal Debnath

    2005-06-08

    We study quasi-spherical Szekeres space-time (which possess no killing vectors) for perfect fluid, matter with tangential stress only and matter with anisotropic pressure respectively. In the first two cases cosmological solutions have been obtained and their asymptotic behaviour have been examined while for anisotropic pressure, gravitational collapse has been studied and the role of the pressure has been discussed.

  6. Dependence of the single-scattering properties of small ice crystals on idealized shape models

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    Um, J.; McFarquhar, G. M.

    2011-04-01

    The projections of small ice crystals (with maximum dimension <50 ?m) appear quasi-circular when imaged by probes on aircraft flying through cloud. Therefore, idealized models constructed to calculate their single-scattering properties have included quasi-spherical models such as Chebyshev particles, Gaussian random spheres, and droxtals. Recently, an ice analogue grown from sodium fluorosilicate solution on a glass substrate, with several columns emanating from a common center of mass, was shown to be quasi-circular when imaged by state-of-the-art cloud probes. In this study, a new idealized model, called the budding Bucky ball (3B) that resembles the shape of the small ice analogue is developed. The corresponding single-scattering properties (scattering phase function P11 and asymmetry parameter g) are computed by a ray-tracing code. Compared with previously used models, 3B scatters less light in the forward and more light in the lateral and backward directions. The Chebyshev particles and Gaussian random spheres show smooth and featureless P11, whereas droxtals and 3Bs, which have a faceted structure, show several peaks in P11 associated with angles of minimum deviation. Overall, the difference in the forward (lateral; backward) scattering between models are up to 22% (994%; 132%), 20% (510%; 101%), and 16% (146%; 156%) for small ice crystals with respective area ratios of 0.85, 0.77, and 0.69. The g for different models varies by up to 25%, 23%, and 19% for particles with area ratios of 0.85, 0.77, and 0.69, respectively. Because the single-scattering properties of small ice crystals depend both on the choice of the idealized model and the area ratios used to characterize the small ice crystals, higher resolution observations of small ice crystals or direct observations of their single-scattering properties are required.

  7. Cluster self-organization of intermetallic systems: Quasi-spherical nanocluster precursors with internal Friauf polyhedra (A-172) and icosahedra (B-137) in the Li{sub 19}Na{sub 8}Ba{sub 15} (hP842) crystal structure

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    Ilyushin, G. D., E-mail: ilyushin@ns.crys.ras.ru [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation); Blatov, V. A. [Samara State University (Russian Federation)

    2010-12-15

    A combinatorial and topological analysis of Li{sub 19}Na{sub 8}Ba{sub 15} (hP842, a = 20 A, c = 93 A, V = 33552 A{sup 3}, P3-bar) has been performed using computer methods (the TOPOS program package). Two types of crystal-forming quasi-spherical nanoclusters about 20 A in diameter with internal Friauf polyhedra (A-172) and icosahedra (B-137) have been established by the complete decomposition of the 3D factor graph of the structure into cluster substructures. Each type of nanoclusters forms close-packed 2D layers 3{sup 6}, which alternate along the c axis. The B-137 and A-172 nanoclusters are composed of three layers and have shell compositions (1 + 12 + 32 + 92) and (1 + 16 + 59 + 103) with local symmetries 3 and 3-bar, respectively; they were revealed for the first time in crystal structures as cluster precursors. The icosahedral B-137 nanocluster contains a 104-atom quasicrystal approximant (Samson cluster).

  8. Ice crystallization during the manufacture of ice cream

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Richard W. Hartel

    1996-01-01

    Control of ice crystallization during the manufacture of ice cream is important for the development of proper texture, product quality and storage stability. Improving our somewhat limited understanding of the mechanisms that control ice-crystal formation, as well as of the effects of formulation and process factors, may lead to improvements in processing techniques.

  9. On the surface tension of fluctuating quasi-spherical vesicles

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    C. Barbetta; A. Imparato; J. -B. Fournier

    2010-03-19

    We calculate the stress tensor for a quasi-spherical vesicle and we thermally average it in order to obtain the actual, mechanical, surface tension $\\tau$ of the vesicle. Both closed and poked vesicles are considered. We recover our results for $\\tau$ by differentiating the free-energy with respect to the proper projected area. We show that $\\tau$ may become negative well before the transition to oblate shapes and that it may reach quite large negative values in the case of small vesicles. This implies that spherical vesicles may have an inner pressure lower than the outer one.

  10. Relationships between ice cream mix viscoelasticity and ice crystal growth in ice cream

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    S. Bolliger; H. Wildmoser; H. D. Goff; B. W. Tharp

    2000-01-01

    The relationship between ice cream mix viscoelasticity and ice crystal growth in ice cream as a function of stabilizer addition was studied by a simulation of freeze-concentration using a series of ice cream mixes containing reduced quantities of water. Ice cream mixes were formulated with guar gum concentrations ranging from 0 to 0.25% and a series of concentrated mixes from

  11. An Overview of NASA Engine Ice-Crystal Icing Research

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    Addy, Harold E., Jr.; Veres, Joseph P.

    2011-01-01

    Ice accretions that have formed inside gas turbine engines as a result of flight in clouds of high concentrations of ice crystals in the atmosphere have recently been identified as an aviation safety hazard. NASA s Aviation Safety Program (AvSP) has made plans to conduct research in this area to address the hazard. This paper gives an overview of NASA s engine ice-crystal icing research project plans. Included are the rationale, approach, and details of various aspects of NASA s research.

  12. Structure of ice crystallized from supercooled water

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    Malkin, Tamsin L.; Murray, Benjamin J.; Brukhno, Andrey V.; Anwar, Jamshed; Salzmann, Christoph G.

    2012-01-01

    The freezing of water to ice is fundamentally important to fields as diverse as cloud formation to cryopreservation. At ambient conditions, ice is considered to exist in two crystalline forms: stable hexagonal ice and metastable cubic ice. Using X-ray diffraction data and Monte Carlo simulations, we show that ice that crystallizes homogeneously from supercooled water is neither of these phases. The resulting ice is disordered in one dimension and therefore possesses neither cubic nor hexagonal symmetry and is instead composed of randomly stacked layers of cubic and hexagonal sequences. We refer to this ice as stacking-disordered ice I. Stacking disorder and stacking faults have been reported earlier for metastable ice I, but only for ice crystallizing in mesopores and in samples recrystallized from high-pressure ice phases rather than in water droplets. Review of the literature reveals that almost all ice that has been identified as cubic ice in previous diffraction studies and generated in a variety of ways was most likely stacking-disordered ice I with varying degrees of stacking disorder. These findings highlight the need to reevaluate the physical and thermodynamic properties of this metastable ice as a function of the nature and extent of stacking disorder using well-characterized samples. PMID:22232652

  13. Ice Crystal Size Distributions in Dynamically Frozen Model Solutions and Ice Cream as Affected by Stabilizers

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    A. A. Flores; H. D. Goff

    1999-01-01

    Ice crystal size distributions of dynamically frozen model solutions and ice cream after hardening were determined through image analysis using low temper- ature scanning electron microscopy. The effect of the components of ice cream were studied through a ser- ies of model solutions and compared with ice cream. The ice crystal diameter at 50% of the cumulative distribution function for

  14. Cosmological observables in the quasi-spherical Szekeres model

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    Buckley, Robert G.

    The standard model of cosmology presents a homogeneous universe, and we interpret cosmological data through this framework. However, structure growth creates nonlinear inhomogeneities that may affect observations, and even larger structures may be hidden by our limited vantage point and small number of independent observations. As we determine the universe's parameters with increasing precision, the accuracy is contingent on our understanding of the effects of such structures. For instance, giant void models can explain some observations without dark energy. Because perturbation theory cannot adequately describe nonlinear inhomogeneities, exact solutions to the equations of general relativity are important for these questions. The most general known solution capable of describing inhomogeneous matter distributions is the Szekeres class of models. In this work, we study the quasi-spherical subclass of these models, using numerical simulations to calculate the inhomogeneities' effects on observations. We calculate the large-angle CMB in giant void models and compare with simpler, symmetric void models that have previously been found inadequate to matchobservations. We extend this by considering models with early-time inhomogeneities as well. Then, we study distance observations, including selection effects, in models which are homogeneous on scales around 100 Mpc---consistent with standard cosmology---but inhomogeneous on smaller scales. Finally, we consider photon polarizations, and show that they are not directly affected by inhomogeneities. Overall, we find that while Szekeres models have some advantages over simpler models, they are still seriously limited in their ability to alter our parameter estimation while remaining within the bounds of current observations.

  15. Fundamental Ice Crystal Accretion Physics Studies

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    Struk, Peter M.; Broeren, Andy P.; Tsao, Jen-Ching; Vargas, Mario; Wright, William B.; Currie, Tom; Knezevici, Danny; Fuleki, Dan

    2012-01-01

    Due to numerous engine power-loss events associated with high-altitude convective weather, ice accretion within an engine due to ice crystal ingestion is being investigated. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada are starting to examine the physical mechanisms of ice accretion on surfaces exposed to ice-crystal and mixed-phase conditions. In November 2010, two weeks of testing occurred at the NRC Research Altitude Facility utilizing a single wedge-type airfoil designed to facilitate fundamental studies while retaining critical features of a compressor stator blade or guide vane. The airfoil was placed in the NRC cascade wind tunnel for both aerodynamic and icing tests. Aerodynamic testing showed excellent agreement compared with CFD data on the icing pressure surface and allowed calculation of heat transfer coefficients at various airfoil locations. Icing tests were performed at Mach numbers of 0.2 to 0.3, total pressures from 93 to 45 kPa, and total temperatures from 5 to 15 C. Ice and liquid water contents ranged up to 20 and 3 g/m3, respectively. The ice appeared well adhered to the surface in the lowest pressure tests (45 kPa) and, in a particular case, showed continuous leading-edge ice growth to a thickness greater than 15 mm in 3 min. Such widespread deposits were not observed in the highest pressure tests, where the accretions were limited to a small area around the leading edge. The suction surface was typically ice-free in the tests at high pressure, but not at low pressure. The icing behavior at high and low pressure appeared to be correlated with the wet-bulb temperature, which was estimated to be above 0 C in tests at 93 kPa and below 0 C in tests at lower pressure, the latter enhanced by more evaporative cooling of water. The authors believe that the large ice accretions observed in the low pressure tests would undoubtedly cause the aerodynamic performance of a compressor component such as a stator blade to degrade significantly, and could damage downstream components if shed.

  16. Crystal size variations in Eemian-age ice from the GRIP ice core, Central Greenland

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    Thorsteinn Thorsteinsson; Josef Kipfstuhl; Hajo Eicken; Sigfus J. Johnsen; Katrin Fuhrer

    1995-01-01

    Continuous measurements of ice crystal size have been carried out on an 80 m sequence between 2790 and 2870 m depth in the GRIP ice core from Central Greenland. The ice in this interval is at present considered to orginate from the Eemian interglacial period. The record reveals that the crystal size in ice older than 100,000 yr is highly

  17. Mesoscopic surface roughness of ice crystals pervasive across a wide range of ice crystal conditions

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    Magee, N. B.; Miller, A.; Amaral, M.; Cumiskey, A.

    2014-03-01

    Here we show high-magnification images of hexagonal ice crystals acquired by Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM). Most ice crystals were grown and sublimated in the water vapor environment of an FEI-Quanta-200 ESEM, but crystals grown in a laboratory diffusion chamber were also transferred intact and imaged via ESEM. All of these images display prominent mesoscopic topography including linear striations, ridges, islands, steps, peaks, pits, and crevasses; the roughness is not observed to be confined to prism facets. The observations represent the most highly magnified images of ice surfaces yet reported and expand the range of conditions where the rough surface features are known to be conspicuous. Microscale surface topography is seen to be ubiquitously present at temperatures ranging from -10 °C to -40 °C, at super-saturated and sub-saturated conditions, on all crystal facets, and irrespective of substrate. Despite the constant presence of surface roughness, the patterns of roughness are observed to be dramatically different between growing and sublimating crystals, and transferred crystals also display qualitatively different patterns of roughness. Crystals are also demonstrated to sometimes exhibit inhibited growth in moderately supersaturated conditions following exposure to near-equilibrium conditions, a phenomena interpreted as evidence of 2-D nucleation. New knowledge of the characteristics of these features could affect the fundamental understanding of ice surfaces and their physical parameterization in the context of satellite retrievals and cloud modeling. Links to Supplement videos of ice growth and sublimation are provided.

  18. Mesoscopic surface roughness of ice crystals pervasive across a wide range of ice crystal conditions

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    Magee, N. B.; Miller, A.; Amaral, M.; Cumiskey, A.

    2014-11-01

    Here we show high-magnification images of hexagonal ice crystals acquired by environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM). Most ice crystals were grown and sublimated in the water vapor environment of an FEI-Quanta-200 ESEM, but crystals grown in a laboratory diffusion chamber were also transferred intact and imaged via ESEM. All of these images display prominent mesoscopic topography including linear striations, ridges, islands, steps, peaks, pits, and crevasses; the roughness is not observed to be confined to prism facets. The observations represent the most highly magnified images of ice surfaces yet reported and expand the range of conditions in which rough surface features are known to be conspicuous. Microscale surface topography is seen to be ubiquitously present at temperatures ranging from -10 °C to -40 °C, in supersaturated and subsaturated conditions, on all crystal facets, and irrespective of substrate. Despite the constant presence of surface roughness, the patterns of roughness are observed to be dramatically different between growing and sublimating crystals, and transferred crystals also display qualitatively different patterns of roughness. Crystals are also demonstrated to sometimes exhibit inhibited growth in moderately supersaturated conditions following exposure to near-equilibrium conditions, a phenomenon interpreted as evidence of 2-D nucleation. New knowledge about the characteristics of these features could affect the fundamental understanding of ice surfaces and their physical parameterization in the context of satellite retrievals and cloud modeling. Links to supplemental videos of ice growth and sublimation are provided.

  19. Disturbed basal ice seen in radio echo images coincide with zones of big interlocking ice crystals.

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    Dahl-Jensen, Dorthe; Gogineni, Sivaprasad; Panton, Christian

    2014-05-01

    Improvement of the depth sounding radio echo sounding (RES) over Antarctica and Greenland Ice Sheet has made it possible to map the near basal layers that have not been 'seen' earlier due to the very high demand of attenuation needed to reach through more than 3000m of ice. The RES internal reflectors show that the near basal ice at many locations has disturbed layering. At the locations where ice cores reach the bedrock both in Greenland and Antarctica studies of the ice crystal size and orientation show that the near basal ice has big and interlocking ice crystals which suggests the ice is not actively deforming. These observations challenge the often used constitutive equations like Glens flow law in ice sheet modelling. A discussion of the impact of the RES findings on ice sheet modeling and the quest to find the oldest ice in Antarctic based on the anisotropy of the basal ice will follow.

  20. A quasi-spherical gravitational wave solution in Kaluza-Klein theory

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    Zareyan, M

    1996-01-01

    An exact solution of the source-free Kaluza-Klein field equations is presented. It is a 5D generalization of the Robinson-Trautman quasi-spherical gravitational wave with a cosmological constant. The properties of the 5D solution are briefly described.

  1. Adiabatic Quasi-Spherical Compressions Driven by Magnetic Pressure for Inertial Confinement Fusion

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    NASH,THOMAS J.

    2000-11-01

    The magnetic implosion of a high-Z quasi-spherical shell filled with DT fuel by the 20-MA Z accelerator can heat the fuel to near-ignition temperature. The attainable implosion velocity on Z, 13-cm/{micro}s, is fast enough that thermal losses from the fuel to the shell are small. The high-Z shell traps radiation losses from the fuel, and the fuel reaches a high enough density to reabsorb the trapped radiation. The implosion is then nearly adiabatic. In this case the temperature of the fuel increases as the square of the convergence. The initial temperature of the fuel is set by the heating of an ion acoustic wave to be about 200-eV after a convergence of 4. To reach the ignition temperature of 5-keV an additional convergence of 5 is required. The implosion dynamics of the quasi-spherical implosion is modeled with the 2-D radiation hydrodynamic code LASNEX. LASNEX shows an 8-mm diameter quasi-spherical tungsten shell on Z driving 6-atmospheres of DT fuel nearly to ignition at 3.5-keV with a convergence of 20. The convergence is limited by mass flow along the surface of the quasi-spherical shell. With a convergence of 20 the final spot size is 400-{micro}m in diameter.

  2. Sensitivity of Cirrus Bidirectional Reflectance at MODIS Bands to Vertical Inhomogeneity of Ice Crystal Habits and Size Distribution

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    Yang, P.; Gao, B.-C.; Baum, B. A.; Wiscombe, W.; Hu, Y.; Nasiri, S. L.; Soulen, P. F.; Heymsfield, A. J.; McFarquhar, G. M.; Miloshevich, L. M.

    2000-01-01

    A common assumption in satellite imager-based cirrus retrieval algorithms is that the radiative properties of a cirrus cloud may be represented by those associated with a specific ice crystal shape (or habit) and a single particle size distribution. However, observations of cirrus clouds have shown that the shapes and sizes of ice crystals may vary substantially with height within the clouds. In this study we investigate the sensitivity of the top-of-atmosphere bidirectional reflectances at two MODIS bands centered at 0.65 micron and 2.11 micron to the cirrus models assumed to be either a single homogeneous layer or three distinct but contiguous, layers. First, we define the single- and three-layer cirrus cloud models with respect to ice crystal habit and size distribution on the basis of in situ replicator data acquired during the First ISCCP Regional Experiment (FIRE-II), held in Kansas during the fall of 1991. Subsequently, fundamental light scattering and radiative transfer theory is employed to determine the single scattering and the bulk radiative properties of the cirrus cloud. Regarding the radiative transfer computations, we present a discrete form of the adding/doubling principle by introducing a direct transmission function, which is computationally straightforward and efficient an improvement over previous methods. For the 0.65 micron band, at which absorption by ice is negligible, there is little difference between the bidirectional reflectances calculated for the one- and three-layer cirrus models, suggesting that the vertical inhomogeneity effect is relatively unimportant. At the 2.11 micron band, the bidirectional reflectances computed for both optically thin (tau = 1) and thick (tau = 10) cirrus clouds show significant differences between the results for the one- and three-layer models. The reflectances computed for the three-layer cirrus model are substantially larger than those computed for the single-layer cirrus. Finally, we find that cloud reflectance is very sensitive to the optical properties of the small crystals that predominate in the top layer of the three-layer cirrus model. It is critical to define the most realistic geometric shape for the small "quasi-spherical" ice crystals in the top layer for obtaining reliable single-scattering parameters and bulk radiative properties of cirrus.

  3. Factors Affecting the Changes of Ice Crystal Form in Ice Cream

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    Wang, Xin; Watanabe, Manabu; Suzuki, Toru

    In this study, the shape of ice crystals in ice cream was quantitatively evaluated by introducing fractal analysis. A small droplet of commercial ice cream mix was quickly cooled to about -30°C on the cold stage of microscope. Subsequently, it was heated to -5°C or -10°C and then held for various holding time. Based on the captured images at each holding time, the cross-sectional area and the length of circumference for each ice crystal were measured to calculate fractal dimension using image analysis software. The results showed that the ice crystals were categorized into two groups, e.g. simple-shape and complicated-shape, according to their fractal dimensions. The fractal dimension of ice crystals became lower with increasing holding time and holding temperature. It was also indicated that the growing rate of complicated-shape ice crystals was relatively higher because of aggregation.

  4. Possible Mechanisms for Turbofan Engine Ice Crystal Icing at High Altitude

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    Tsao, Jen-Ching; Struk, Peter M.; Oliver, Michael

    2014-01-01

    A thermodynamic model is presented to describe possible mechanisms of ice formation on unheated surfaces inside a turbofan engine compression system from fully glaciated ice crystal clouds often formed at high altitude near deep convective weather systems. It is shown from the analysis that generally there could be two distinct types of ice formation: (1) when the "surface freezing fraction" is in the range of 0 to 1, dominated by the freezing of water melt from fully or partially melted ice crystals, the ice structure is formed from accretion with strong adhesion to the surface, and (2) when the "surface melting fraction" is the range of 0 to 1, dominated by the further melting of ice crystals, the ice structure is formed from accumulation of un-melted ice crystals with relatively weak bonding to the surface. The model captures important qualitative trends of the fundamental ice-crystal icing phenomenon reported earlier1,2 from the research collaboration work by NASA and the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada. Further, preliminary analysis of test data from the 2013 full scale turbofan engine ice crystal icing test3 conducted in the NASA Glenn Propulsion Systems Laboratory (PSL) has also suggested that (1) both types of ice formation occurred during the test, and (2) the model has captured some important qualitative trend of turning on (or off) the ice crystal ice formation process in the tested engine low pressure compressor (LPC) targeted area under different icing conditions that ultimately would lead to (or suppress) an engine core roll back (RB) event.

  5. Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy of Ice Crystal Nucleation and Growth

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    Amaral, M.; Miller, A. L.; Magee, N. B.

    2012-12-01

    Ice crystal nucleation and growth are dual processes that can be studied uniquely through Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM). By utilizing differential pumping systems and a Peltier element to vary the vapor pressure and to achieve temperatures below the freezing point, respectively, it is possible to obtain supersaturated conditions relative to ice in the sample chamber of an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope. Ice crystals were nucleated on a variety of atmospherically relevant substrates and grown in a pure water vapor environment in the chamber of a FEI-Quanta 200 ESEM. To initiate ice crystal nucleation, the Peltier element was set at a temperature between -10°C and -25°C, while the chamber water vapor pressure was adjusted to just below the frost point. Ice crystal nucleation and growth was then controlled by careful adjustments of chamber pressure and temperature, where high-magnification images of hexagonal ice crystals were acquired at nanoscale resolution. These images display prominent mesoscopic surface topography including linear strands, crevasses, islands, and steps. The surface features are seen to be ubiquitously present at all observed temperatures, at many supersaturated and subsaturated conditions, and on all crystal facets. Additionally, a pre-growth "shadow" resembling a dark spot sometimes appeared on areas of the sample stage immediately preceding ice crystal nucleation and growth. The observations represent the most highly magnified images of ice surfaces yet reported and significantly expand the range of ambient conditions where the features are conspicuous. New knowledge of the presence and characteristics of these features could transform the fundamental understanding of ice crystal growth kinetics and its physical parameterization in the context of atmospheric and cryospheric science. To the extent these observations are applicable to atmospheric ice, the results suggest that the radiative representation of ice and mixed-phase cloud properties in climate models could be markedly affected.

  6. Quasi-spherical microwells on superhydrophobic substrates for long term culture of multicellular spheroids and high throughput assays.

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    Liu, Tianqing; Winter, Marnie; Thierry, Benjamin

    2014-07-01

    Multicellular tumour spheroids closely recapitulate the physiological environment of tumour tissues. However, their implementation in drug screening assays remains limited due to the technological challenges of forming large numbers of high quality spheroids in platforms compatible with high throughput screening. A simple bench-top microfabrication strategy is demonstrated here based on the principle of ice lithography carried out on superhydrophobic substrates to fabricate quasi-spherical microwells (spheriwells). The microwells shapes and dimensions are directly controlled by the hydrophobicity of the substrate and the volume of the water droplets. The prepared concave microwells enable the formation of dense and homogeneous multicellular tumour spheroids. Spheroids formed within spheriwells are trapped within the microwells, which eliminate loss during media manipulation and facilitate long-term on-chip culture. Morphological and phenotypical changes associated with the growth of MCF-7 adenocarcinoma cells in spheriwells were characterised using imaging flow cytometry and revealed the appearance of heterogeneous populations with loss of E-Cadherin expression. The compatibility of the spheriwells with an on-chip MTT assay is demonstrated. The very unusual shape of the spheriwells, prepared using materials and methods routinely used in most research laboratories, provides a straightforward and scalable platform to prepare high quality multicellular tumour spheroids compatible with high throughput biological screening assays. PMID:24797879

  7. Validation Ice Crystal Icing Engine Test in the Propulsion Systems Laboratory at NASA Glenn Research Center

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    Oliver, Michael J.

    2014-01-01

    The Propulsion Systems Laboratory (PSL) is an existing altitude simulation jet engine test facility located at NASA Glenn Research Center in Clevleand, OH. It was modified in 2012 with the integration of an ice crystal cloud generation system. This paper documents the inaugural ice crystal cloud test in PSLthe first ever full scale, high altitude ice crystal cloud turbofan engine test to be conducted in a ground based facility. The test article was a Lycoming ALF502-R5 high bypass turbofan engine, serial number LF01. The objectives of the test were to validate the PSL ice crystal cloud calibration and engine testing methodologies by demonstrating the capability to calibrate and duplicate known flight test events that occurred on the same LF01 engine and to generate engine data to support fundamental and computational research to investigate and better understand the physics of ice crystal icing in a turbofan engine environment while duplicating known revenue service events and conducting test points while varying facility and engine parameters. During PSL calibration testing it was discovered than heated probes installed through tunnel sidewalls experienced ice buildup aft of their location due to ice crystals impinging upon them, melting and running back. Filtered city water was used in the cloud generation nozzle system to provide ice crystal nucleation sites. This resulted in mineralization forming on flow path hardware that led to a chronic degradation of performance during the month long test. Lacking internal flow path cameras, the response of thermocouples along the flow path was interpreted as ice building up. Using this interpretation, a strong correlation between total water content (TWC) and a weaker correlation between median volumetric diameter (MVD) of the ice crystal cloud and the rate of ice buildup along the instrumented flow path was identified. For this test article the engine anti-ice system was required to be turned on before ice crystal icing would occur. The ice crystal icing event, an uncommanded reduction in thrust, was able to be turned on and off by manipulating cloud TWC. A flight test point where no ice crystal icing event occurred was also duplicated in PSL. Physics based computational tools were successfully used to predict tunnel settings to induce ice buildup along the low pressure compression system flow path for several test points at incrementally lower altitudes, demonstrating that development of ice crystal icing scaling laws is potentially feasible. Analysis of PSL test data showed that uncommanded reduction in thrust occurs during ice crystal cloud on operation prior to fan speed reduction. This supports previous findings that the reduction of thrust for this test article is due to ice buildup leading to a restricted airflow from either physical or aerodynamic blockage in the engine core flow path.

  8. Validation Ice Crystal Icing Engine Test in the Propulsion Systems Laboratory at NASA Glenn Research Center

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    Oliver, Michael J.

    2014-01-01

    The Propulsion Systems Laboratory (PSL) is an existing altitude simulation jet engine test facility located at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH. It was modified in 2012 with the integration of an ice crystal cloud generation system. This paper documents the inaugural ice crystal cloud test in PSL--the first ever full scale, high altitude ice crystal cloud turbofan engine test to be conducted in a ground based facility. The test article was a Lycoming ALF502-R5 high bypass turbofan engine, serial number LF01. The objectives of the test were to validate the PSL ice crystal cloud calibration and engine testing methodologies by demonstrating the capability to calibrate and duplicate known flight test events that occurred on the same LF01 engine and to generate engine data to support fundamental and computational research to investigate and better understand the physics of ice crystal icing in a turbofan engine environment while duplicating known revenue service events and conducting test points while varying facility and engine parameters. During PSL calibration testing it was discovered than heated probes installed through tunnel sidewalls experienced ice buildup aft of their location due to ice crystals impinging upon them, melting and running back. Filtered city water was used in the cloud generation nozzle system to provide ice crystal nucleation sites. This resulted in mineralization forming on flow path hardware that led to a chronic degradation of performance during the month long test. Lacking internal flow path cameras, the response of thermocouples along the flow path was interpreted as ice building up. Using this interpretation, a strong correlation between total water content (TWC) and a weaker correlation between median volumetric diameter (MVD) of the ice crystal cloud and the rate of ice buildup along the instrumented flow path was identified. For this test article the engine anti-ice system was required to be turned on before ice crystal icing would occur. The ice crystal icing event, an uncommanded reduction in thrust, was able to be turned on and off by manipulating cloud TWC. A flight test point where no ice crystal icing event occurred was also duplicated in PSL. Physics based computational tools were successfully used to predict tunnel settings to induce ice buildup along the low pressure compression system flow path for several test points at incrementally lower altitudes, demonstrating that development of ice crystal icing scaling laws is potentially feasible. Analysis of PSL test data showed that uncommanded reduction in thrust occurs during ice crystal cloud on operation prior to fan speed reduction. This supports previous findings that the reduction of thrust for this test article is due to ice buildup leading to a restricted airflow from either physical or aerodynamic blockage in the engine core flow path.

  9. Ice-Crystal Fallstreaks from Supercooled Liquid Water Parent Clouds

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    Campbell, James R.; O'C. Starr, David; Welton, Ellsworth J.; Spinhirne, James D.; Ferrare, Richard A.

    2003-01-01

    On 31 December 2001, ice-crystal fallstreaks (e.g., cirrus uncinus, or colloquially "Mare's Tails") from supercooled liquid water parent clouds were observed by ground-based lidars pointed vertically from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Southern Great Plains (SGP) facility near Lamont, Oklahoma. The incidence of liquid phase cloud with apparent ice-phase precipitation is investigated. Scenarios for mixed-phase particle nucleation, and fallstreak formation and sustenance are discussed. The observations are unique in the context of the historical reverence given to the commonly observed c h s uncinus fallstreak (wholly ice) versus this seemingly contradictory coincidence of liquid water begetting ice-crystal streaks.

  10. Ice crystallization in water's "no-man's land".

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    Moore, Emily B; Molinero, Valeria

    2010-06-28

    The crystallization of water at 180 K is studied through large-scale molecular dynamics simulations with the monatomic water model mW. This temperature is in the middle of water's "no-man's land," where rapid ice crystallization prevents the elucidation of the structure of liquid water and its transformation into ice with state of the art experimental methods. We find that critical ice nuclei (that contain less than ten water molecules) form in a time scale shorter than the time required for the relaxation of the liquid, suggesting that supercooled liquid water cannot be properly equilibrated in this region. We distinguish three stages in the crystallization of water at 180 K: concurrent nucleation and growth of ice, followed by consolidation that decreases the number density of ice nuclei, and finally, slow growth of the crystallites without change in their number density. The kinetics of the transformation along the three stages is well described by a single compacted exponential Avrami equation with n approximately 1.7. This work confirms the coexistence of ice and liquid after water is crystallized in "no-man's land": the formation of ice plateaus when there is still 15%-20% of liquid water in the systems, thinly dispersed between ice I crystals with linear dimensions ranging from 3 to 10 nm. We speculate that the nanoscopic size of the crystallites decreases their melting point and slows their evolution toward the thermodynamically most stable fully crystalline state. PMID:20590203

  11. The effect of ice crystal surface roughness on the retrieval of ice cloud microphysical and optical properties

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    Xie, Yu

    2007-09-17

    The effect of the surface roughness of ice crystals is not routinely accounted for in current cloud retrieval algorithms that are based on pre-computed lookup libraries. In this study, we investigate the effect of ice crystal surface roughness...

  12. Scattering Properties of Oriented Hexagonal Ice Crystals

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    Zhang, Feng

    2010-01-14

    . In this study, the dipole approximation (DDA) method is employed to the scattering of light on oriented hexagonal ice columns and plates with various tilting angles. It is found that the oriented hexagonal ice particles tend to have strong backscattering...

  13. Mixing of the Immiscible: Hydrocarbons in Water-Ice near the Ice Crystallization Temperature.

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    Lignell, Antti; Gudipati, Murthy S

    2015-03-19

    Structural changes in hydrocarbon-doped water-ice during amorphous to crystalline phase conversion are investigated using polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as probes. We show that aggregation of impurity molecules occurs due to the amorphous-crystalline transition in ice, especially when they are hydrophobic molecules such as PAHs. Using ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis), Fourier-transform Infrared (FTIR), and laser-induced-fluorescence (LIF) spectroscopic techniques, we show that, although ice infrared absorption features change from a broad structureless band corresponding to amorphous ice to a sharp structured crystalline ice bands, simultaneously, sharper isolated PAH UV absorption features measured in the amorphous ice host turn broad upon ice crystallization. A simultaneous decrease in the monomer fluorescence and increase in the excimer emission band is observed, a clear indication for the formation of PAH molecular aggregates when amorphous ice is converted to crystalline ice at higher temperatures. Similar to the irreversible amorphous-crystalline phase transitions, the UV, fluorescence, and excimer emissions indicate that PAHs undergo irreversible aggregation. Our studies suggest that organic impurities exist as aggregates rather than monomers trapped in crystalline water-ice when cycled through temperatures that convert amorphous ice to crystalline ice, rendering a better insight into phenomena such as the formation of cometary crust. This aggregate formation also may significantly change the secondary reaction pathways and rates in impurity-doped ices in the lab, on Earth, in the solar system, and in the interstellar medium. PMID:25302532

  14. Mechanism of habit change for atmospheric ice crystal growth

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    Lu, Qiu-Jiang

    The basic mechanism that controls the shape change of ice crystal with temperature and supersaturation, or so-called ice crystal habit change, was investigated. From the preliminary analysis of experimental data, it was found that surface kinetic processes on the crystal are responsible in controlling the habit change. Therefore, relevant surface factors and processes were identified first. One of the most important factors was the line tension, or the surface free energy on the side of the two-dimensional embryo. Based on the physical meaning of the line tension and the surface tension, their fundamental difference was clarified under ideal conditions. A method to represent the hexagonal ice crystal lattice under random hydrogen arrangement was developed. Applying this last method, the surface factors such as the line tension and the surface tension for the ideal ice crystal were computed by using the intermolecular potential of the water molecule. Roles of liquid-like layer, transitional liquid layer and interface roughening in the habit change was clarified. The ordinary Brunaeur-Emmett-Teller (BET) adsorption equation was modified to describe the ice crystal growth problem. Through these analyses, the origin of the habit change was traced to the unique characteristic of the hydrogen bond that expands during freezing of water. The same characteristic led to a minimum in the free energy of two-dimensional embryo formation on the crystal plane through the line tension, which was shown to be a function of chemical potential difference. The operation of the two-dimensional nucleation mechanism for ice crystal growth was thus confirmed. Semiquantitative simulation of the habit change process for ice crystals growing both in air and in vapor alone after considering various surface factors was carried out, and the results showed a reasonable agreement with experimental data.

  15. Enhanced and Oriented Riming of Growing Ice Crystals.

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    Finnegan, William G.; Chai, Steven K.; Detwiler, Andrew

    2004-08-01

    Geometrically oriented riming was found in Formvar resin replicas of columnar ice crystals collected in cumulus clouds at -6°C during an aircraft field program in Texas. Rimed cloud droplets were found either on the ends of the crystals or in a girdle around the middle. Oriented riming is attributed to preferential collection on growing ice crystals with charge separations between the crystal body and growing ends. Droplet attraction to separated charge regions of growing ice crystals results in enhanced riming and increases the rate of precipitation development. Effects of this process on cloud electrification depend on whether the cloud droplets carry net charges or are polarized. The impact of this oriented riming process on several cloud electrification scenarios is discussed.

  16. Ice Crystal Growth Rates Under Upper Troposphere Conditions

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    Peterson, Harold S.; Bailey, Matthew; Hallett, John

    2010-01-01

    Atmospheric conditions for growth of ice crystals (temperature and ice supersaturation) are often not well constrained and it is necessary to simulate such conditions in the laboratory to investigate such growth under well controlled conditions over many hours. The growth of ice crystals from the vapour in both prism and basal planes was observed at temperatures of -60 C and -70 C under ice supersaturation up to 100% (200% relative humidity) at pressures derived from the standard atmosphere in a static diffusion chamber. Crystals grew outward from a vertical glass filament, thickening in the basal plane by addition of macroscopic layers greater than 2 m, leading to growth in the prism plane by passing of successive layers conveniently viewed by time lapse video.

  17. Steady-state and stability analysis of a population balance based nonlinear ice cream crystallization model

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    Boyer, Edmond

    Steady-state and stability analysis of a population balance based nonlinear ice cream the key phenomenons of the crystallization process. In ice cream crystallization, it is well known that the quality of the product, that is the hardness and the texture of the ice cream, depends on the ice crystal

  18. Superheating of ice crystals in antifreeze protein solutions

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    Celik, Yeliz; Graham, Laurie A.; Mok, Yee-Foong; Bar, Maya; Davies, Peter L.; Braslavsky, Ido

    2010-01-01

    It has been argued that for antifreeze proteins (AFPs) to stop ice crystal growth, they must irreversibly bind to the ice surface. Surface-adsorbed AFPs should also prevent ice from melting, but to date this has been demonstrated only in a qualitative manner. Here we present the first quantitative measurements of superheating of ice in AFP solutions. Superheated ice crystals were stable for hours above their equilibrium melting point, and the maximum superheating obtained was 0.44?°C. When melting commenced in this superheated regime, rapid melting of the crystals from a point on the surface was observed. This increase in melting temperature was more appreciable for hyperactive AFPs compared to the AFPs with moderate antifreeze activity. For each of the AFP solutions that exhibited superheating, the enhancement of the melting temperature was far smaller than the depression of the freezing temperature. The present findings clearly show that AFPs adsorb to ice surfaces as part of their mechanism of action, and this absorption leads to protection of ice against melting as well as freezing. PMID:20215465

  19. Superheating of ice crystals in antifreeze protein solutions.

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    Celik, Yeliz; Graham, Laurie A; Mok, Yee-Foong; Bar, Maya; Davies, Peter L; Braslavsky, Ido

    2010-03-23

    It has been argued that for antifreeze proteins (AFPs) to stop ice crystal growth, they must irreversibly bind to the ice surface. Surface-adsorbed AFPs should also prevent ice from melting, but to date this has been demonstrated only in a qualitative manner. Here we present the first quantitative measurements of superheating of ice in AFP solutions. Superheated ice crystals were stable for hours above their equilibrium melting point, and the maximum superheating obtained was 0.44 degrees C. When melting commenced in this superheated regime, rapid melting of the crystals from a point on the surface was observed. This increase in melting temperature was more appreciable for hyperactive AFPs compared to the AFPs with moderate antifreeze activity. For each of the AFP solutions that exhibited superheating, the enhancement of the melting temperature was far smaller than the depression of the freezing temperature. The present findings clearly show that AFPs adsorb to ice surfaces as part of their mechanism of action, and this absorption leads to protection of ice against melting as well as freezing. PMID:20215465

  20. Quasi-spherical direct drive fusion simulations for the Z machine and future accelerators.

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    VanDevender, J. Pace; McDaniel, Dillon Heirman; Roderick, Norman Frederick; Nash, Thomas J.

    2007-11-01

    We explored the potential of Quasi-Spherical Direct Drive (QSDD) to reduce the cost and risk of a future fusion driver for Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) and to produce megajoule thermonuclear yield on the renovated Z Machine with a pulse shortening Magnetically Insulated Current Amplifier (MICA). Analytic relationships for constant implosion velocity and constant pusher stability have been derived and show that the required current scales as the implosion time. Therefore, a MICA is necessary to drive QSDD capsules with hot-spot ignition on Z. We have optimized the LASNEX parameters for QSDD with realistic walls and mitigated many of the risks. Although the mix-degraded 1D yield is computed to be {approx}30 MJ on Z, unmitigated wall expansion under the > 100 gigabar pressure just before burn prevents ignition in the 2D simulations. A squeezer system of adjacent implosions may mitigate the wall expansion and permit the plasma to burn.

  1. On the global visibility of singularity in quasi-spherical collapse

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    S. S. Deshingkar; S. Jhingan; P. S. Joshi

    1998-06-11

    We analyze here the issue of local versus the global visibility of a singularity that forms in gravitational collapse of a dust cloud, which has important implications for the weak and strong versions of the cosmic censorship hypothesis. We find conditions as to when a singularity will be only locally naked, rather than being globally visible, thus preseving the weak censorship hypothesis. The conditions for formation of a black hole or naked singularity in the Szekeres quasi-spherical collapse models are worked out. The causal behaviour of the singularity curve is studied by examining the outgoing radial null geodesics, and the final outcome of collapse is related to the nature of the regular initial data specified on an initial hypersurface from which the collapse evolves. An interesting feature that emerges is the singularity in Szekeres spacetimes can be ``directionally naked''.

  2. Crystallization of amorphous water ice in the solar system.

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    Jenniskens, P; Blake, D F

    1996-12-20

    Electron diffraction studies of vapor-deposited water ice have characterized the dynamical structural changes during crystallization that affect volatile retention in cometary materials. Crystallization is found to occur by nucleation of small domains, while leaving a significant part of the amorphous material in a slightly more relaxed amorphous state that coexists metastably with cubic crystalline ice. The onset of the amorphous relaxation is prior to crystallization and coincides with the glass transition. Above the glass transition temperature, the crystallization kinetics are consistent with the amorphous solid becoming a "strong" viscous liquid. The amorphous component can effectively retain volatiles during crystallization if the volatile concentration is approximately 10% or less. For higher initial impurity concentrations, a significant amount of impurities is released during crystallization, probably because the impurities are trapped on the surfaces of micropores. A model for crystallization over long timescales is described that can be applied to a wide range of impure water ices under typical astrophysical conditions if the fragility factor D, which describes the viscosity behavior, can be estimated. PMID:11539415

  3. Crystallization of amorphous water ice in the solar system

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    Jenniskens, P.; Blake, D. F.

    1996-01-01

    Electron diffraction studies of vapor-deposited water ice have characterized the dynamical structural changes during crystallization that affect volatile retention in cometary materials. Crystallization is found to occur by nucleation of small domains, while leaving a significant part of the amorphous material in a slightly more relaxed amorphous state that coexists metastably with cubic crystalline ice. The onset of the amorphous relaxation is prior to crystallization and coincides with the glass transition. Above the glass transition temperature, the crystallization kinetics are consistent with the amorphous solid becoming a "strong" viscous liquid. The amorphous component can effectively retain volatiles during crystallization if the volatile concentration is approximately 10% or less. For higher initial impurity concentrations, a significant amount of impurities is released during crystallization, probably because the impurities are trapped on the surfaces of micropores. A model for crystallization over long timescales is described that can be applied to a wide range of impure water ices under typical astrophysical conditions if the fragility factor D, which describes the viscosity behavior, can be estimated.

  4. The Examination by Electron Microscope of Ice Crystal Nuclei from Cloud Chamber Experiments

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    John Rucklidge

    1965-01-01

    A method is described whereby ice crystals generated in a Bigg-Warner ice nuclei counter may be replicated on Formvar coated slides. The Formvar film, with replicas, is subsequently removed for examination in the electron microscope. The nuclei of the ice crystals remain on the Formvar after sublimation of the ice, and under favorable conditions, may be identified by their morphology

  5. Ice Growth Measurements from Image Data to Support Ice Crystal and Mixed-Phase Accretion Testing

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    Struk, Peter M.; Lynch, Christopher J.

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes the imaging techniques as well as the analysis methods used to measure the ice thickness and growth rate in support of ice-crystal icing tests performed at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Research Altitude Test Facility (RATFac). A detailed description of the camera setup, which involves both still and video cameras, as well as the analysis methods using the NASA Spotlight software, are presented. Two cases, one from two different test entries, showing significant ice growth are analyzed in detail describing the ice thickness and growth rate which is generally linear. Estimates of the bias uncertainty are presented for all measurements. Finally some of the challenges related to the imaging and analysis methods are discussed as well as methods used to overcome them.

  6. Ice-binding proteins that accumulate on different ice crystal planes produce distinct thermal hysteresis dynamics

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    Drori, Ran; Celik, Yeliz; Davies, Peter L.; Braslavsky, Ido

    2014-01-01

    Ice-binding proteins that aid the survival of freeze-avoiding, cold-adapted organisms by inhibiting the growth of endogenous ice crystals are called antifreeze proteins (AFPs). The binding of AFPs to ice causes a separation between the melting point and the freezing point of the ice crystal (thermal hysteresis, TH). TH produced by hyperactive AFPs is an order of magnitude higher than that produced by a typical fish AFP. The basis for this difference in activity remains unclear. Here, we have compared the time dependence of TH activity for both hyperactive and moderately active AFPs using a custom-made nanolitre osmometer and a novel microfluidics system. We found that the TH activities of hyperactive AFPs were time-dependent, and that the TH activity of a moderate AFP was almost insensitive to time. Fluorescence microscopy measurement revealed that despite their higher TH activity, hyperactive AFPs from two insects (moth and beetle) took far longer to accumulate on the ice surface than did a moderately active fish AFP. An ice-binding protein from a bacterium that functions as an ice adhesin rather than as an antifreeze had intermediate TH properties. Nevertheless, the accumulation of this ice adhesion protein and the two hyperactive AFPs on the basal plane of ice is distinct and extensive, but not detectable for moderately active AFPs. Basal ice plane binding is the distinguishing feature of antifreeze hyperactivity, which is not strictly needed in fish that require only approximately 1°C of TH. Here, we found a correlation between the accumulation kinetics of the hyperactive AFP at the basal plane and the time sensitivity of the measured TH. PMID:25008081

  7. Effect of the Inhomogeneity of Ice Crystals on Retrieving Ice Cloud Optical Thickness and Effective Particle Size

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    Xie, Yu; Minnis, Patrick; Hu, Yong X.; Kattawar, George W.; Yang, Ping

    2008-01-01

    Spherical or spheroidal air bubbles are generally trapped in the formation of rapidly growing ice crystals. In this study the single-scattering properties of inhomogeneous ice crystals containing air bubbles are investigated. Specifically, a computational model based on an improved geometric-optics method (IGOM) has been developed to simulate the scattering of light by randomly oriented hexagonal ice crystals containing spherical or spheroidal air bubbles. A combination of the ray-tracing technique and the Monte Carlo method is used. The effect of the air bubbles within ice crystals is to smooth the phase functions, diminish the 22deg and 46deg halo peaks, and substantially reduce the backscatter relative to bubble-free particles. These features vary with the number, sizes, locations and shapes of the air bubbles within ice crystals. Moreover, the asymmetry factors of inhomogeneous ice crystals decrease as the volume of air bubbles increases. Cloud reflectance lookup tables were generated at wavelengths 0.65 m and 2.13 m with different air-bubble conditions to examine the impact of the bubbles on retrieving ice cloud optical thickness and effective particle size. The reflectances simulated for inhomogeneous ice crystals are slightly larger than those computed for homogenous ice crystals at a wavelength of 0.65 microns. Thus, the retrieved cloud optical thicknesses are reduced by employing inhomogeneous ice cloud models. At a wavelength of 2.13 microns, including air bubbles in ice cloud models may also increase the reflectance. This effect implies that the retrieved effective particle sizes for inhomogeneous ice crystals are larger than those retrieved for homogeneous ice crystals, particularly, in the case of large air bubbles.

  8. The growth habits and surface structure of ice crystals

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    B. J. Mason; G. W. Bryant; A. P. Van den Heuvel

    1963-01-01

    Evidence to show that the layer growth of ice crystals occurs mainly by the surface diffusion of molecules to the growing steps is presented. Measurements of the rate-of-change of separation of adjacent growth steps allow the mean migration distance xs of molecules on the basal face to be deduced; this parameter shows a remarkable variation with temperature over the range

  9. Computation of the scattering properties of nonspherical ice crystals

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    Zhang, Zhibo

    2004-11-15

    This thesis is made up of three parts on the computation of scattering properties of nonspherical particles in the atmosphere. In the first part, a new crystal type-droxtal-is introduced to make a better representation of the shape of small ice...

  10. Investigations of electromagnetic scattering by columnar ice crystals

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    Weil, H.; Senior, T. B. A.

    1976-01-01

    An integral equation approach was developed to determine the scattering and absorption of electromagnetic radiation by thin walled cylinders of arbitrary cross-section and refractive index. Based on this method, extensive numerical data was presented at infrared wavelengths for hollow hexagonal cross section cylinders which simulate columnar sheath ice crystals.

  11. Ice crystallization in ultrafine water-salt aerosols: nucleation, ice-solution equilibrium, and internal structure.

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    Hudait, Arpa; Molinero, Valeria

    2014-06-01

    Atmospheric aerosols have a strong influence on Earth's climate. Elucidating the physical state and internal structure of atmospheric aqueous aerosols is essential to predict their gas and water uptake, and the locus and rate of atmospherically important heterogeneous reactions. Ultrafine aerosols with sizes between 3 and 15 nm have been detected in large numbers in the troposphere and tropopause. Nanoscopic aerosols arising from bubble bursting of natural and artificial seawater have been identified in laboratory and field experiments. The internal structure and phase state of these aerosols, however, cannot yet be determined in experiments. Here we use molecular simulations to investigate the phase behavior and internal structure of liquid, vitrified, and crystallized water-salt ultrafine aerosols with radii from 2.5 to 9.5 nm and with up to 10% moles of ions. We find that both ice crystallization and vitrification of the nanodroplets lead to demixing of pure water from the solutions. Vitrification of aqueous nanodroplets yields nanodomains of pure low-density amorphous ice in coexistence with vitrified solute rich aqueous glass. The melting temperature of ice in the aerosols decreases monotonically with an increase of solute fraction and decrease of radius. The simulations reveal that nucleation of ice occurs homogeneously at the subsurface of the water-salt nanoparticles. Subsequent ice growth yields phase-segregated, internally mixed, aerosols with two phases in equilibrium: a concentrated water-salt amorphous mixture and a spherical cap-like ice nanophase. The surface of the crystallized aerosols is heterogeneous, with ice and solution exposed to the vapor. Free energy calculations indicate that as the concentration of salt in the particles, the advance of the crystallization, or the size of the particles increase, the stability of the spherical cap structure increases with respect to the alternative structure in which a core of ice is fully surrounded by solution. We predict that micrometer-sized particles and nanoparticles have the same equilibrium internal structure. The variation of liquid-vapor surface tension with solute concentration is a key factor in determining whether a solution-embedded ice core or vapor-exposed ice cap is the equilibrium structure of the aerosols. In agreement with experiments, we predict that the structure of mixed-phase HNO3-water particles, representative of polar stratospheric clouds, consists of an ice core surrounded by freeze-concentrated solution. The results of this work are important to determine the phase state and internal structure of sea spray ultrafine aerosols and other mixed-phase particles under atmospherically relevant conditions. PMID:24820354

  12. Increase in the energy density of the pinch plasma in 3D implosion of quasi-spherical wire arrays

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    Aleksandrov, V. V., E-mail: alexvv@triniti.ru [Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (Russian Federation); Gasilov, V. A. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics (Russian Federation); Grabovski, E. V.; Gritsuk, A. N., E-mail: griar@triniti.ru; Laukhin, Ya. N.; Mitrofanov, K. N.; Oleinik, G. M. [Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (Russian Federation); Ol’khovskaya, O. G. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics (Russian Federation); Sasorov, P. V.; Smirnov, V. P.; Frolov, I. N. [Troitsk Institute for Innovation and Fusion Research (Russian Federation); Shevel’ko, A. P. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Lebedev Physical Institute (Russian Federation)

    2014-12-15

    Results are presented from experimental studies of the characteristics of the soft X-ray (SXR) source formed in the implosion of quasi-spherical arrays made of tungsten wires and metalized kapron fibers. The experiments were carried out at the Angara-5-1 facility at currents of up to 3 MA. Analysis of the spatial distribution of hard X-ray emission with photon energies above 20 keV in the pinch images taken during the implosion of quasi-spherical tungsten wire arrays (QTWAs) showed that a compact quasi-spherical plasma object symmetric with respect to the array axis formed in the central region of the array. Using a diffraction grazing incidence spectrograph, spectra of SXR emission with wavelengths of 20–400 Å from the central, axial, and peripheral regions of the emission source were measured with spatial resolutions along the array radius and height in the implosion of QTWAs. It is shown that the emission spectra of the SXR sources formed under the implosion of quasi-spherical and cylindrical tungsten wire arrays at currents of up to 3 MA have a maximum in the wavelength range of 50–150 Å. It is found that, during the implosion of a QTWA with a profiled linear mass, a redistribution of energy in the emission spectrum takes place, which indicates that, during 3D implosion, the energy of longitudinal motion of the array material additionally contributes to the radiation energy. It is also found that, at close masses of the arrays and close values of the current in the range of 2.4{sup ?3} MA, the average energy density in the emission source formed during the implosion of a quasi-spherical wire array is larger by a factor of 7 than in the source formed during the implosion of a cylindrical wire array. The experimental data were compared with results of 3D simulations of plasma dynamics and radiation generation during the implosion of quasi-spherical wire arrays with a profiled mass by using the MARPLE-3D radiative magnetohydrodynamic code, developed at the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, Russian Academy of Sciences.

  13. Ice crystal growth in a dynamic thermal diffusion chamber

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    Keller, V. W.

    1980-01-01

    Ice crystals were grown in a supersaturated environment produced by a dynamic thermal diffusion chamber, which employed two horizontal plates separated by a distance of 2.5 cm. Air was circulated between and along the 1.2 m length of the plates past ice crystals which nucleated and grew from a fiber suspended vertically between the two plates. A zoom stereo microscope with a magnification which ranged from 3X to 80X and both 35 mm still photographs and 16 mm time lapse cine films taken through the microscope were used to study the variation of the shape and linear growth rate of ice crystals as a function of the ambient temperature, the ambient supersaturation, and the forced ventilation velocity. The ambient growth conditions were varied over the range of temperature 0 to -40 C, over the range of supersaturation 4% to 50% with respect to ice, and over the range of forced ventilation velocities 0 cm/s to 20 cm/s.

  14. Determination of the Boltzmann constant using a quasi-spherical acoustic resonator.

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    Pitre, Laurent; Sparasci, Fernando; Truong, Daniel; Guillou, Arnaud; Risegari, Lara; Himbert, Marc E

    2011-10-28

    The paper reports a new experiment to determine the value of the Boltzmann constant, k(B)=1.3806477(17)×10(-23) J K(-1), with a relative standard uncertainty of 1.2 parts in 10(6). k(B) was deduced from measurements of the velocity of sound in argon, inside a closed quasi-spherical cavity at a temperature of the triple point of water. The shape of the cavity was achieved using an extremely accurate diamond turning process. The traceability of temperature measurements was ensured at the highest level of accuracy. The volume of the resonator was calculated from measurements of the resonance frequencies of microwave modes. The molar mass of the gas was determined by chemical and isotopic composition measurements with a mass spectrometer. Within combined uncertainties, our new value of k(B) is consistent with the 2006 Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) value: (k(B)(new)/k(B_CODATA)-1)=-1.96×10(-6), where the relative uncertainties are u(r)(k(B)(new))=1.2×10(-6) and u(r)(k(B_CODATA))=1.7×10(-6). The new relative uncertainty approaches the target value of 1×10(-6) set by the Consultative Committee on Thermometry as a precondition for redefining the unit of the thermodynamic temperature, the kelvin. PMID:21930563

  15. Dimensions and aspect ratios of natural ice crystals

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    Um, J.; McFarquhar, G. M.; Hong, Y. P.; Lee, S.-S.; Jung, C. H.; Lawson, R. P.; Mo, Q.

    2014-12-01

    During the 2006 Tropical Warm Pool International Cloud Experiment (TWP-ICE) in the Tropics, the 2008 Indirect and Semi-Direct Aerosol Campaign (ISDAC) in the Arctic, and the 2010 Small PARTicles In CirrUS (SPARTICUS) campaign in mid-latitudes, high-resolution images of ice crystals were recorded by a Cloud Particle Imager at temperatures (T) between -87 and 0 °C. The projected maximum dimension (D'), length (L'), and width (W') of pristine columns, plates, and component bullets of bullet rosettes were measured using newly developed software, the Ice Crystal Ruler. The number of bullets in each bullet rosette was also measured. Column crystals were further distinguished as either horizontally oriented columns or columns with other orientations to eliminate any orientation effect on the measured dimensions. Dimensions and aspect ratios (AR, dimension of major axis divided by dimension of minor axis) of crystals were determined as functions of temperature, geophysical location, and type of cirrus. Dimensions of crystals generally increased as temperature increased. Columns and bullets had larger dimensions (i.e., W') of the minor axis (i.e., a axis) for a given dimension (i.e., D' or L') of the major axis (i.e., c axis), and thus smaller AR, as T increased, whereas this trend did not occur for plate crystals. The average number of branches in bullet rosettes was 5.50±1.35 during three campaigns and 6.32±1.34 (5.46±1.34; 4.95±1.01) during TWP-ICE (SPARTICUS; ISDAC). The AR of bullets increased with the number of branches in bullet rosettes. Most dimensions of crystals and ARs of columnar crystals measured during SPARTICUS were larger than those measured during TWP-ICE and ISDAC at -67 < T < -35 °C and at -40 < T < -15 °C, respectively. The relative occurrence of varying pristine habits depended strongly on cirrus type (i.e., anvil or non-anvil clouds), with plates especially occurring more frequently in anvils. The L-W relationships of columns derived using current data exhibited a strong dependence on temperature; similar relationship determined in previous studies were within the range of the current data.

  16. Synthesis of monodisperse, quasi-spherical silver nanoparticles with sizes defined by the nature of silver precursors.

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    Li, Houshen; Xia, Haibing; Ding, Wenchao; Li, Yijing; Shi, Qiurong; Wang, Dayang; Tao, Xutang

    2014-03-11

    Monodisperse, quasi-spherical silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) with controlled sizes have been produced directly in water via adding the aqueous solutions of the mixtures of AgNO3 and sodium citrate to boiling aqueous solutions of ascorbic acid (AA). Different compounds, including NaCl, NaBr, KI, Na2SO4, Na2CO3, Na2S, and Na3PO4, are added to the AgNO3/citrate mixture solutions to form new silver compounds with fairly low solubility in water, which are used as precursors instead of soluble Ag(+) ions to synthesize Ag NPs via AA/citrate reduction. This enables us not only to produce monodisperse, quasi-spherical Ag NPs but also to tune the sizes of the resulting NPs from 16 to 30 nm according to the potential of new silver precursors as well as the concentrations of anions. PMID:24528373

  17. Zn2+-A?40 Complexes Form Metastable Quasi-spherical Oligomers That Are Cytotoxic to Cultured Hippocampal Neurons*

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    Solomonov, Inna; Korkotian, Eduard; Born, Benjamin; Feldman, Yishay; Bitler, Arkady; Rahimi, Farid; Li, Huiyuan; Bitan, Gal; Sagi, Irit

    2012-01-01

    The roles of metal ions in promoting amyloid ?-protein (A?) oligomerization associated with Alzheimer disease are increasingly recognized. However, the detailed structures dictating toxicity remain elusive for A? oligomers stabilized by metal ions. Here, we show that small Zn2+-bound A?1–40 (Zn2+-A?40) oligomers formed in cell culture medium exhibit quasi-spherical structures similar to native amylospheroids isolated recently from Alzheimer disease patients. These quasi-spherical Zn2+-A?40 oligomers irreversibly inhibit spontaneous neuronal activity and cause massive cell death in primary hippocampal neurons. Spectroscopic and x-ray diffraction structural analyses indicate that despite their non-fibrillar morphology, the metastable Zn2+-A?40 oligomers are rich in ?-sheet and cross-? structures. Thus, Zn2+ promotes A?40 neurotoxicity by structural organization mechanisms mediated by coordination chemistry. PMID:22528492

  18. Junction Conditions and Consequences of Quasi-Spherical Space-Time with Electro-Magnetic Field and Vaidya Matric

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    Nath, Soma; Chakraborty, Subenoy

    2007-01-01

    In this work the junction conditions between the exterior Reissner-Nordstrom-Vaidya space-time with the interior quasi-spherical Szekeres space-time have been studied for analyzing gravitational collapse in the presence of a magneto-hydrodynamic fluid undergoing dissipation in the form of heat flow. We have discussed about the apparent horizon and have evaluated the time difference between the formation of apparent horizon and central singularity.

  19. Junction Conditions and Consequences of Quasi-Spherical Space-Time with Electro-Magnetic Field and Vaidya Matric

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    Soma Nath; Ujjal Debnath; Subenoy Chakraborty

    2007-11-07

    In this work the junction conditions between the exterior Reissner-Nordstrom-Vaidya space-time with the interior quasi-spherical Szekeres space-time have been studied for analyzing gravitational collapse in the presence of a magneto-hydrodynamic fluid undergoing dissipation in the form of heat flow. We have discussed about the apparent horizon and have evaluated the time difference between the formation of apparent horizon and central singularity.

  20. The alignment of ice crystals in changing electric fields

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    Foster, T. C.; Hallett, J.

    Orientation of ice crystals in the form of thin plates (diameter up to 30 ?m, thickness 0.5 to a few ?m) was investigated optically for crystals nucleated in a supercooled cloud in a laboratory cold chamber. Random orientation caused by Brownian rotation of small crystals (apparent as twinkling) and alignment caused by airflow resulting from fall motion of larger crystals was changed by application of an electric field either as a step or as an oscillating square wave of variable frequency of order 1-10 Hz. Video records and time exposed still photographs demonstrated crystal fall, oscillation, and orientation changes with electric field magnitude and frequency. Thin film interference colours provided crystal thickness, mass, and moment of inertia. Realignment began for electric fields greater than 0.5-1 kV/m and was complete above 10 kV/m. Measurements of degree of alignment (from random orientation to completely parallel to the electric field) and its time dependence (of order tenths of seconds) are consistent with predictions of a theoretical oscillator model based on electrical torques on ellipsoids in viscous air. In a changing electric field at low frequency, the crystal realignment varies along with the variation field and at high frequency they remain aligned along the average field. These results are applied to larger crystals as occur in the atmosphere with implication for remote sensing of ice by radar and lidar as influenced by local electric fields and with the possibility of their remote measurement by optical observation of changing crystal orientations.

  1. Quasi-liquid layers on ice crystal surfaces are made up of two different phases

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    Sazaki, Gen; Zepeda, Salvador; Nakatsubo, Shunichi; Yokomine, Makoto; Furukawa, Yoshinori

    2012-01-01

    Ice plays crucially important roles in various phenomena because of its abundance on Earth. However, revealing the dynamic behavior of quasi-liquid layers (QLLs), which governs the surface properties of ice crystals at temperatures near the melting point, remains an experimental challenge. Here we show that two types of QLL phases appear that exhibit different morphologies and dynamics. We directly visualized the two types of QLLs on ice crystal surfaces by advanced optical microscopy, which can visualize the individual 0.37-nm-thick elementary steps on ice crystal surfaces. We found that they had different stabilities and different interactions with ice crystal surfaces. The two immiscible QLL phases appeared heterogeneously, moved around, and coalesced dynamically on ice crystal surfaces. This picture of surface melting is quite different from the conventional picture in which one QLL phase appears uniformly on ice crystal surfaces. PMID:22232653

  2. Steady-state and stability analysis of a population balance based nonlinear ice cream crystallization model

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    Boyer, Edmond

    Steady-state and stability analysis of a population balance based nonlinear ice cream that adequately describes the key phenomena of the crystallization process. In ice cream crystallization, it is well known that the quality of the product, that is the hardness and the texture of the ice cream

  3. Effects of carboxymethylcellulose and guar gum on ice crystal propagation in a sucrose-lactose solution

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    S. T. Wang; S. A. Barringer; P. M. T. Hansen

    1998-01-01

    The effects of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) and guar gum on ice crystal formation have been studied using a sucrose\\/lactose solution simulating the colloid-free phase of an ice cream mix. Freezing profiles, obtained over short time intervals, showed that the addition of guar gum markedly retarded ice crystal propagation in the sugar solution, whereas addition of CMC showed no effect. The influence

  4. Theory of quasi-spherical accretion in X-ray pulsars

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    Shakura, N.; Postnov, K.; Kochetkova, A.; Hjalmarsdotter, L.

    2012-02-01

    A theoretical model for quasi-spherical subsonic accretion on to slowly rotating magnetized neutron stars is constructed. In this model, the accreting matter subsonically settles down on to the rotating magnetosphere forming an extended quasi-static shell. This shell mediates the angular momentum removal from the rotating neutron star magnetosphere during spin-down episodes by large-scale convective motions. The accretion rate through the shell is determined by the ability of the plasma to enter the magnetosphere. The settling regime of accretion can be realized for moderate accretion rates ? g s-1. At higher accretion rates, a free-fall gap above the neutron star magnetosphere appears due to rapid Compton cooling, and accretion becomes highly non-stationary. From observations of the spin-up/spin-down rates (the angular rotation frequency derivative ?, and ? near the torque reversal) of X-ray pulsars with known orbital periods, it is possible to determine the main dimensionless parameters of the model, as well as to estimate the magnetic field of the neutron star. We illustrate the model by determining these parameters for three wind-fed X-ray pulsars GX 301-2, Vela X-1 and GX 1+4. The model explains both the spin-up/spin-down of the pulsar frequency on large time-scales and the irregular short-term frequency fluctuations, which can correlate or anticorrelate with the X-ray flux fluctuations in different systems. It is shown that in real pulsars an almost iso-angular-momentum rotation law with ?˜ 1/R2, due to strongly anisotropic radial turbulent motions sustained by large-scale convection, is preferred.

  5. Nanoscale Ice: Spectroscopic Ellipsometry of Epitaxially-Grown Crystals

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    Cumiskey, A.; Grippaldi, J.; Magee, N. B.

    2011-12-01

    A new laboratory technique has been developed to examine the surface characteristics and kinetics of ice crystals at the nanoscale. Uncertainties remain regarding the fundamental physics of nucleation and depositional growth in atmospheric ice crystals. These molecular-scale uncertainties propagate upward into modeling outcomes at all scales of atmospheric interest: particle models, cloud models, mesoscale models, and climate models. Molecular-scale growth mechanisms and kinetics have been mainly inferred from bulk and particle-scale experiments as well as crystal-growth theory. The precarious nature of the ice surface resisted the first generation of direct nanoscale probing technologies, but new in-situ techniques including ESEM, AFM, and ellipsometry promise to divulge a wealth of new knowledge. Spectroscopic ellipsometry measures changes in the polarization state of light as it reflects off the surface of a thin film. This non-destructive technique is capable of measuring layer thicknesses as small as a single monolayer (~1 Å) and up to thicknesses of ~10 ?m. Other physical parameters including index of refraction and surface roughness are also accessible. At the TCNJ Cloud Physics Laboratory, a Horiba Scientific Auto-SE ellipsometer (440 - 1000 nm spectral range) has been adapted for in-situ measurements of ice crystals. The ice crystals are grown epitaxially on various horizontal substrates in a custom-built static diffusion chamber. The diffusion chamber is housed within a vacuum chamber and an optical path is provided from the ellipsometer light source to sample stage and back to the ellipsometer analyzer at 75° from normal. The diffusion chamber is cooled in two stages, with initial cooling accomplished with a fluid-chilled block and final chilling controlled by two independent thermoelectric cells. A wide range of temperatures, pressures, and saturation ratios are accessible: from 0°C to -30°C, 50mb to atmospheric pressure, and from subsaturated to greater that 200% RHi. Temperature and moisture profiles are continuously determined by platinum resistance thermometers. Optimization of cooling efficiencies are under way and should permit extension of temperature range to -60°C. Ongoing efforts are targeted at kinetic measurements of thickness changes in order to identify growth thresholds as a function of ambient conditions and nucleation mechanism.

  6. Optical Properties of Small Ice Crystals with Black Carbon Inclusions

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    Yang, X.; Geier, M.; Arienti, M.

    2013-12-01

    The optical properties of ice crystals play a fundamental role in modeling atmospheric radiation and hydrological cycle, which are critical in monitoring climate change. While Black Carbon (BC) is recognized as the dominant absorber with positive radiative forcing (warming) (Ramanathan & Carmichael, 2008), in-situ observations (Cappa, et al, 2012) indicate that the characterization of the mixing state of BC with ice crystals and other non-BC particles in global climate models (Ghan & Schwartz, 2007) needs further investigation. The limitation in the available mixing models is due to the drastically different absorbing properties of BC compared to other aerosols. We explore the scattering properties of ice crystals (in shapes commonly found in cirrus clouds and contrails - Yang, et al. 2012) with the inclusion of BC particles. The Discrete Dipole Approximation (DDA) (Yurkin & Hoekstra, 2011) is utilized to directly calculate the optical properties of the crystals with multiple BC inclusions, modeled as a distribution of spheres. The results are then compared with the most popular models of internal and external mixing (Liou, et al. 2011). The DDA calculations are carried out over a broad range of BC particle sizes and volume fractions within the crystal at the 532 nm wavelength and for ice crystals smaller than 50 ?m. The computationally intensive database generated in this study is critical for understanding the effect of different types of BC inclusions on the atmosphere radiative forcing. Examples will be discussed to illustrate the modification of BC optical properties by encapsulation in ice crystals and how the parameterization of the BC mixing state in global climate models can be improved. Acknowledgements Support by Sandia National Laboratories' LDRD (Laboratory Directed Research and Development) is gratefully acknowledged. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U. S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000. Cappa, C.D., Onasch, T.B., Massoli, et al. (2012). Radiative absorption enhancements due to the mixing state of atmospheric black carbon. Science, 337(6098), 1078-1081. Ghan, S.J., & Schwartz, S.E. (2007). Aerosol properties and processes: A path from field and laboratory measurements to global climate models. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 88(7), 1059-1083. Liou, K.N., Takano, Y., & Yang, P. (2011). Light absorption and scattering by aggregates: Application to black carbon and snow grains. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 112(10), 1581-1594. Ramanathan, V., & Carmichael, G. (2008). Global and regional climate changes due to black carbon. Nature Geoscience, 1(4), 221-227. Yang, P., Bi, L., Baum, B.A., et al. (2013). Spectrally Consistent Scattering, Absorption, and Polarization Properties of Atmospheric Ice Crystals at Wavelengths from 0.2 to 100 ? m. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 70(1), 330-347. Yurkin, M.A., & Hoekstra, A.G. (2011). The discrete-dipole-approximation code ADDA: capabilities and known limitations. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 112(13), 2234-2247.

  7. The Influence of Radiation on Ice Crystal Spectrum in the Upper Troposphere

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    Zeng, Xiping

    2008-01-01

    This theoretical study is carried out to investigate the effect of radiation on ice crystal spectrum in the upper troposphere. First, an explicit expression is obtained for the ice crystal growth rate that takes account of radiative and kinetic effects. Second, the expression is used to quantitatively analyze how radiation broadens the ice crystal spectrum and then reveal a new precipitation mechanism in the upper troposphere and the stratosphere. Third, the radiative effect is used to explain the subvisual clouds near the tropopause.

  8. Evolution of ice crystal regions on the microscale based on in situ observations

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    Diao, Minghui; Zondlo, Mark A.; Heymsfield, Andrew J.; Beaton, Stuart P.; Rogers, David C.

    2013-07-01

    properties of cirrus clouds largely influence their atmospheric radiative forcing. However, uncertainties remain in simulating/parameterizing the evolution of ice crystals. These uncertainties require more analyses in the Lagrangian view, yet most in situ observations are in the Eulerian view. Here we demonstrate a new method to separate out five phases of ice crystal evolution, using the horizontal spatial relationships between ice supersaturated regions (ISSRs) and ice crystal regions (ICRs). Based on global in situ data sets, we show that the samples of clear-sky ISSRs, ice crystal formation/growth, and evaporation/sedimentation are ~20%, 10%, and 70% of the total ISSR + ICR samples, respectively. In addition, the variance of number-weighted mean diameter (Dc) becomes narrower during the evolution, while the distribution of ice crystal number density (Nc) becomes wider. The new method helps to understand the evolution of ICRs and ISSRs on the microscale by using in situ Eulerian observations.

  9. Backscattering by hexagonal ice crystals of cirrus clouds.

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    Borovoi, Anatoli; Konoshonkin, Alexander; Kustova, Natalia

    2013-08-01

    Light backscattering by randomly oriented hexagonal ice crystals of cirrus clouds is considered within the framework of the physical-optics approximation. The fine angular structure of all elements of the Mueller matrix in the vicinity of the exact backward direction is first calculated and discussed. In particular, an approximate equation for the differential scattering cross section is obtained. Its simple spectral dependence is discussed. Also, a hollow of the linear depolarization ratio around the exact backward direction inherent to the long hexagonal columns is revealed. PMID:23903169

  10. Polar nephelometer for light-scattering measurements of ice crystals.

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    Barkey, B; Liou, K N

    2001-02-15

    We report on a small, lightweight polar nephelometer for the measurement of the light-scattering properties of cloud particles, specifically designed for use on a balloonborne platform in cirrus cloud conditions. The instrument consists of 33 fiber-optic light guides positioned in a two-dimensional plane from 5 degrees to 175 degrees that direct the scattered light to photodiode detectors-amplifier units. The system uses an onboard computer and data acquisition card to collect and store the measured signals. The instrument's calibration is tested by measurement of light scattered into a two-dimensional plane from small water droplets generated by an ultrasonic humidifier. Excellent comparisons between the measured water-droplet scattering properties and expectations generated by Mie calculation are shown. The measured scattering properties of ice crystals generated in a cold chamber also compare reasonably well with the theoretical results based on calculations from a unified theory of light scattering by ice crystals that use the particle size distribution measured in the chamber. PMID:18033557

  11. Workman-Reynolds freezing potential measurements between ice and dilute salt solutions for single ice crystal faces.

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    Wilson, P W; Haymet, A D J

    2008-09-18

    Workman-Reynolds freezing potentials have been measured for the first time across the interface between single crystals of ice 1h and dilute electrolyte solutions. The measured electric potential is a strictly nonequilibrium phenomenon and a function of the concentration of salt, freezing rate, orientation of the ice crystal, and time. When all these factors are controlled, the voltage is reproducible to the extent expected with ice growth experiments. Zero voltage is obtained with no growth or melting. For rapidly grown ice 1h basal plane in contact with a solution of 10 (-4) M NaCl the maximum voltage exceeds 30 V and decreases to zero at both high and low salt concentrations. These single-crystal experiments explain much of the data captured on this remarkable phenomenon since 1948. PMID:18720967

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  13. Microfluidic experiments reveal that antifreeze proteins bound to ice crystals suffice to prevent their growth.

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    Celik, Yeliz; Drori, Ran; Pertaya-Braun, Natalya; Altan, Aysun; Barton, Tyler; Bar-Dolev, Maya; Groisman, Alex; Davies, Peter L; Braslavsky, Ido

    2013-01-22

    Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) are a subset of ice-binding proteins that control ice crystal growth. They have potential for the cryopreservation of cells, tissues, and organs, as well as for production and storage of food and protection of crops from frost. However, the detailed mechanism of action of AFPs is still unclear. Specifically, there is controversy regarding reversibility of binding of AFPs to crystal surfaces. The experimentally observed dependence of activity of AFPs on their concentration in solution appears to indicate that the binding is reversible. Here, by a series of experiments in temperature-controlled microfluidic devices, where the medium surrounding ice crystals can be exchanged, we show that the binding of hyperactive Tenebrio molitor AFP to ice crystals is practically irreversible and that surface-bound AFPs are sufficient to inhibit ice crystal growth even in solutions depleted of AFPs. These findings rule out theories of AFP activity relying on the presence of unbound protein molecules. PMID:23300286

  14. Microfluidic experiments reveal that antifreeze proteins bound to ice crystals suffice to prevent their growth

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    Celik, Yeliz; Drori, Ran; Pertaya-Braun, Natalya; Altan, Aysun; Barton, Tyler; Bar-Dolev, Maya; Groisman, Alex; Davies, Peter L.; Braslavsky, Ido

    2013-01-01

    Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) are a subset of ice-binding proteins that control ice crystal growth. They have potential for the cryopreservation of cells, tissues, and organs, as well as for production and storage of food and protection of crops from frost. However, the detailed mechanism of action of AFPs is still unclear. Specifically, there is controversy regarding reversibility of binding of AFPs to crystal surfaces. The experimentally observed dependence of activity of AFPs on their concentration in solution appears to indicate that the binding is reversible. Here, by a series of experiments in temperature-controlled microfluidic devices, where the medium surrounding ice crystals can be exchanged, we show that the binding of hyperactive Tenebrio molitor AFP to ice crystals is practically irreversible and that surface-bound AFPs are sufficient to inhibit ice crystal growth even in solutions depleted of AFPs. These findings rule out theories of AFP activity relying on the presence of unbound protein molecules. PMID:23300286

  15. On the correlation between ice water content and ice crystal size and its application to radiative transfer and general circulation models

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    K. N. Liou; Y. Gu; Q. Yue; G. McFarguhar

    2008-01-01

    We performed correlation analysis involving ice water content (IWC) and mean effective ice crystal size (De) intended for application to climate models. For this purpose, ice crystal size distributions obtained from in situ measurements conducted from numerous field campaigns in the tropics, midlatitude, and Arctic regions were used and we show that IWC and De are well-correlated in this regional

  16. Modeling of Commercial Turbofan Engine With Ice Crystal Ingestion: Follow-On

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    Jorgenson, Philip C. E.; Veres, Joseph P.; Coennen, Ryan

    2014-01-01

    The occurrence of ice accretion within commercial high bypass aircraft turbine engines has been reported under certain atmospheric conditions. Engine anomalies have taken place at high altitudes that have been attributed to ice crystal ingestion, partially melting, and ice accretion on the compression system components. The result was degraded engine performance, and one or more of the following: loss of thrust control (roll back), compressor surge or stall, and flameout of the combustor. As ice crystals are ingested into the fan and low pressure compression system, the increase in air temperature causes a portion of the ice crystals to melt. It is hypothesized that this allows the ice-water mixture to cover the metal surfaces of the compressor stationary components which leads to ice accretion through evaporative cooling. Ice accretion causes a blockage which subsequently results in the deterioration in performance of the compressor and engine. The focus of this research is to apply an engine icing computational tool to simulate the flow through a turbofan engine and assess the risk of ice accretion. The tool is comprised of an engine system thermodynamic cycle code, a compressor flow analysis code, and an ice particle melt code that has the capability of determining the rate of sublimation, melting, and evaporation through the compressor flow path, without modeling the actual ice accretion. A commercial turbofan engine which has previously experienced icing events during operation in a high altitude ice crystal environment has been tested in the Propulsion Systems Laboratory (PSL) altitude test facility at NASA Glenn Research Center. The PSL has the capability to produce a continuous ice cloud which is ingested by the engine during operation over a range of altitude conditions. The PSL test results confirmed that there was ice accretion in the engine due to ice crystal ingestion, at the same simulated altitude operating conditions as experienced previously in flight. The computational tool was utilized to help guide a portion of the PSL testing, and was used to predict ice accretion could also occur at significantly lower altitudes. The predictions were qualitatively verified by subsequent testing of the engine in the PSL. In a previous study, analysis of select PSL test data points helped to calibrate the engine icing computational tool to assess the risk of ice accretion. This current study is a continuation of that data analysis effort. The study focused on tracking the variations in wet bulb temperature and ice particle melt ratio through the engine core flow path. The results from this study have identified trends, while also identifying gaps in understanding as to how the local wet bulb temperature and melt ratio affects the risk of ice accretion and subsequent engine behavior.

  17. Enhanced high-temperature ice nucleation ability of crystallized aerosol particles after preactivation at low temperature

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    Wagner, Robert; Möhler, Ottmar; Saathoff, Harald; Schnaiter, Martin

    2014-07-01

    In cloud chamber experiments with crystallized aqueous ammonium sulfate, oxalic acid, and succinic acid solution droplets, we have studied a preactivation mechanism that markedly enhances the particles' heterogeneous ice nucleation ability. First cloud expansion experiments were performed at a high temperature (267-244 K) where the crystallized particles did not promote any heterogeneous ice nucleation. Ice nucleation at this temperature, however, could be triggered by temporarily cooling the crystallized particles to a lower temperature. This is because upon crystallization, residuals of the aqueous solution are trapped within the crystals. These captured liquids can freeze when cooled below their respective homogeneous or heterogeneous freezing temperature, leading to the formation of ice pockets in the crystalline particles. When warmed again to the higher temperature, ice formation by the preactivated particles occurred via depositional and deliquescence-induced ice growth, with ice active fractions ranging from 1 to 4% and from 4 to 20%, respectively. Preactivation disappeared above the eutectic temperature, which for the organic acids are close to the melting point of ice. This mechanism could therefore contribute to the very small fraction of atmospheric aerosol particles that are still ice active well above 263 K.

  18. Microscopic pattern of ice crystal growth in the presence of thermal hysteresis proteins

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    Coger, R.; Rubinsky, B. (Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering); Fletcher, G. (Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland (Canada))

    1994-08-01

    This study examines the effect of thermal hysteresis proteins (THPs) from the winter flounder (Psuedopleuronectes americanus) on the ice-water interface morphology during freezing of aqueous solutions. Experiments were performed using a directional solidification stage, and the development of the two-phase interface was observed through a microscope and recorded by a video system. Unusual ice crystal morphologies were observed, including faceted ice crystal growth along the (1100) crystal plane; spicular or needlelike growth in the (1010) direction; and growth parallel to the c-axis, (0001), consisting of incorporated liquid inclusions bounded by hexagonal prism faces. The observed crystallographic structures can be explained as an effect of the interaction between the THPs and the primary prism faces of ice crystals. This results in an increase in the Gibbs free energy of these planes, followed by ice growth into the supercooled liquid adjacent to these faces.

  19. Realization of quasi-spherical implosion using pre-shaped prolate wire arrays with a compression foam target inside

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    Zhang, Yang; Ding, Ning; Li, Zhenghong; Xu, Rongkun; Chen, Dingyang; Ye, Fan; Zhou, Xiuwen; Chen, Faxin; Chen, Jinchuan; Li, Linbo; Xiao, Delong; Sun, Shunkai; Xue, Chuang; Shu, Xiaojian; Wang, Jianguo

    2015-02-01

    Quasi-spherical (QS) implosion of wire arrays and its impact on the foam target have been studied on the 100 ns 1.5 MA Qiangguang-I facility, which suggests that a high quality impact between the QS implosion and foam target can be achieved by adjusting load's initial shape carefully to match the external magnetic pressure. Implosions of loads with H/d ˜ 1.2 were studied with a self-emission x-ray pinhole image system and a dark field schlieren system. The radially developed spike-like instabilities indicate the spherical convergence of plasma. The observed radiation on the foam target surface suggests satisfying implosion symmetry and wire-foam impact simultaneity. An average implosion speed of 10.5 × 106 cm/s was obtained with an optical streak image system. The derived peak kinetic energy density ˜2.1 kJ/cm is remarkably higher than cylindrical cases, which agree with the expectations.

  20. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of annealing dependent quasi spherical and capsule like ZnO nanostructures

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    Pudukudy, Manoj; Hetieqa, Ain; Yaakob, Zahira

    2014-11-01

    Quasi spherical and capsule like ZnO nanostructures have been successfully synthesized via a simple precipitation route without the assistance of external capping agents. The effect of annealing temperature on the properties of ZnO was investigated. In all cases, hexagonal wurtzite crystalline structure of phase pure ZnO was obtained. The crystallinity was found to be gradually increasing with annealing temperature. At low annealing temperatures, more or less spherical ZnO nanoparticles were clearly observed, whereas they tend to grow as nanocapsules with increasing the annealing temperature. The formation of single crystalline nanocapsules was observed at 600 °C. The photoluminescence spectra indicated the annealing dependent emission features, especially in the spectral intensity. The dye pollutant methylene blue was found to be completely degraded under UV light irradiation over the ZnO nano photocatalysts. The highest photoactivity was shown by nanocapsules obtained at 600 °C and was found to be highly reusable.

  1. Ikaite crystal distribution in Arctic winter sea ice and implications for CO2 system dynamics

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    Rysgaard, S.; Søgaard, D. H.; Cooper, M.; Pu?ko, M.; Lennert, K.; Papakyriakou, T. N.; Wang, F.; Geilfus, N. X.; Glud, R. N.; Ehn, J.; McGinnnis, D. F.; Attard, K.; Sievers, J.; Deming, J. W.; Barber, D.

    2012-12-01

    The precipitation of ikaite (CaCO3·6H2O) in polar sea ice is critical to the efficiency of the sea ice-driven carbon pump and potentially important to the global carbon cycle, yet the spatial and temporal occurrence of ikaite within the ice is poorly known. We report unique observations of ikaite in unmelted ice and vertical profiles of ikaite abundance and concentration in sea ice for the crucial season of winter. Ice was examined from two locations: a 1 m thick land-fast ice site and a 0.3 m thick polynya site, both in the Young Sound area (74° N, 20° W) of NE Greenland. Ikaite crystals, ranging in size from a few µm to 700 µm were observed to concentrate in the interstices between the ice platelets in both granular and columnar sea ice. In vertical sea-ice profiles from both locations, ikaite concentration determined from image analysis, decreased with depth from surfaceice values of 700-900 µmol kg-1 ice (~ 25 × 106 crystals kg-1) to bottom-layer values of 100-200 µmol kg-1 ice (1-7 × 106 kg-1), all of which are much higher (4-10 times) than those reported in the few previous studies. Direct measurements of total alkalinity (TA) in surface layers fell within the same range as ikaite concentration whereas TA concentrations in bottom layers were twice as high. This depth-related discrepancy suggests interior ice processes where ikaite crystals form in surface sea ice layers and partly dissolved in bottom layers. From these findings and model calculations we relate sea ice formation and melt to observed pCO2 conditions in polar surface waters, and hence, the air-sea CO2 flux.

  2. Effects of pre-existing ice crystals on cirrus clouds and comparison between different ice nucleation parameterizations with the Community Atmosphere Model (CAM5)

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    Shi, X.; Liu, X.; Zhang, K.

    2015-02-01

    In order to improve the treatment of ice nucleation in a more realistic manner in the Community Atmosphere Model version 5.3 (CAM5.3), the effects of pre-existing ice crystals on ice nucleation in cirrus clouds are considered. In addition, by considering the in-cloud variability in ice saturation ratio, homogeneous nucleation takes place spatially only in a portion of the cirrus cloud rather than in the whole area of the cirrus cloud. Compared to observations, the ice number concentrations and the probability distributions of ice number concentration are both improved with the updated treatment. The pre-existing ice crystals significantly reduce ice number concentrations in cirrus clouds, especially at mid- to high latitudes in the upper troposphere (by a factor of ~10). Furthermore, the contribution of heterogeneous ice nucleation to cirrus ice crystal number increases considerably. Besides the default ice nucleation parameterization of Liu and Penner (2005, hereafter LP) in CAM5.3, two other ice nucleation parameterizations of Barahona and Nenes (2009, hereafter BN) and Kärcher et al. (2006, hereafter KL) are implemented in CAM5.3 for the comparison. In-cloud ice crystal number concentration, percentage contribution from heterogeneous ice nucleation to total ice crystal number, and pre-existing ice effects simulated by the three ice nucleation parameterizations have similar patterns in the simulations with present-day aerosol emissions. However, the change (present-day minus pre-industrial times) in global annual mean column ice number concentration from the KL parameterization (3.24 × 106 m-2) is less than that from the LP (8.46 × 106 m-2) and BN (5.62 × 106 m-2) parameterizations. As a result, the experiment using the KL parameterization predicts a much smaller anthropogenic aerosol long-wave indirect forcing (0.24 W m-2) than that using the LP (0.46 W m-2) and BN (0.39 W m-2) parameterizations.

  3. Stability relationship for water droplet crystallization with the NASA Lewis icing spray

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    Marek, C. John; Bartlett, C. Scott

    1987-01-01

    In order to produce small droplets for icing cloud simulation, high pressure air atomizing nozzles are used. For certain icing testing applications, median drop sizes as small as 5 mm are needed, which require air atomizing pressures greater than 3000 kPa. Isentropic expansion of the ambient temperature atomizing air to atmospheric pressure can result in air stream temperatures of -160 C which results in ice crystals forming in the cloud. To avoid such low temperatures, it is necessary to heat the air and water to high initial temperatures. An icing spray research program was conducted to map the temperatures below which ice crystals form. A soot slide technique was used to determine the presence of crystals in the spray.

  4. Doppler lidar measurements of oriented planar ice crystals falling from supercooled and glaciated layer clouds

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    Westbrook, CD; O'Connor, EJ; Hogan, RJ

    2009-01-01

    The properties of planar ice crystals settling horizontally have been investigated using a vertically-pointing Doppler lidar. Strong specular reflections were observed from their oriented basal facets, identified by comparison with a second lidar pointing 4 degrees from zenith. Analysis of 17 months of continuous high-resolution observations reveal that these pristine crystals are frequently observed in ice falling from mid-level mixed-phase layer clouds (85% of the time for layers at -15C). Detailed analysis of a case study indicates that the crystals are nucleated and grow rapidly within the supercooled layer, then fall out, forming well-defined layers of specular reflection. Polarimetric radar measurements confirmed that a substantial fraction of the crystal population was well oriented. As the crystals fall into subsaturated air, specular reflection is observed to switch off as the crystal faces become rounded and lose their faceted structure. Specular reflection in ice falling from supercooled layers col...

  5. Preferred Ice Crystal Orientation Fabric Measurements within the Greenland Ice Sheet Using Multi-Polarization Radar Data

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    Velez-Gonzalez, J. A.; JiLu, L.; Leuschen, C.; Gogineni, P.; Van der Veen, C. J.; Tsoflias, G. P.; Drews, R.; Harish, A. R.

    2013-12-01

    Discharge of ice from the Greenland Ice Sheet to the ocean has increased significantly over the last 25 years due to the acceleration of important outlet glaciers. It was reported that the Greenland Ice Sheet contributed about 2.5 m out of about 6 m of sea-level rise during the Eemian interglacial period. The temperatures during Eemian were reported to be about 8o×4o C higher than the mean of the past millennium. Laboratory measurements have shown that glacial ice, characterized by preferred crystal orientation fabric (COF), is three times more deformable than ice with randomly oriented crystalline structures. Layers characterized by preferred ice COF can influence the flow behavior of a glacier or ice sheet. However, COF measurements are typically obtained from ice cores, and thus are very spatially limited and mostly constrained to areas with little ice flow. A more efficient technique to map the extent of ice fabric over larger regions of ice sheets is needed to better understand the effects on large scale ice flow processes. Radar measurements are capable of discriminating between reflections caused by changes in density, electrical permittivity and COF by exploiting the anisotropic and birefringent properties of ice crystals. For this investigation two radar datasets were collected during the survey of the Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling Site (77.45°N 51.06°W) in August 2008, using a ground-based and chirped-pulse Multi-Channel Radar Depth Sounder (MCRDS) developed by the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS). The radar used two transmit and eight receive antennas at the center frequency of 150 MHz with a bandwidth of 30 MHz. The first data set consisted of polarimatric measurements acquired in a circular pattern (radius: 35 m) with two co-polarized antenna orientations (one transmitter and four receivers oriented with 90° offsets in the directions of the incident H-Field and E-Field, respectively). Analysis of the circular data shows a periodic power variation with four distinct extinction patterns occurring at 90 degree intervals starting at approximately 700 m depth. Furthermore a 20 degree phase change is observed between the E- and H-field data. Both observations suggest that approximately 72% of the 2542m ice column exhibits birefringent anisotropy caused by preferred ice crystal orientation. The second dataset was acquired in a grid pattern consisting of twenty 10-Km 2D lines (NW to SE) spaced at 0.5-Km and three 10-Km lines (NE to SW) spaced at 2.5-Km. Both transmit and eight receive antenna were oriented parallel to the vehicle track, resulting in E-Field co-polarized data. We will determine the dominant COF relative to the ice divide for a 100 square Km region around the NEEM camp using the results from both datasets. The results of this investigation will be compared to the NEEM ice core observations to determine the accuracy of the analysis. In this investigation we will provide a brief overview of the system and experiments and present the results of data analysis.

  6. Crystal structure and encapsulation dynamics of ice II-structured neon hydrate

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    Wang, Wei Hua

    Crystal structure and encapsulation dynamics of ice II-structured neon hydrate Xiaohui Yua. Francisco, June 9, 2014 (sent for review April 24, 2014) Neon hydrate was synthesized and studied by in situ knowledge, we demonstrate that neon atoms can be enclathrated in water molecules to form ice II

  7. Light-scattering properties of plate and column ice crystals generated in a laboratory cold chamber

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    Liou, K. N.

    particles generated in a laboratory cloud chamber are measured with a lightweight polar nephelometer with a diode laser beam. This cloud chamber produces distinct plate and hollow column ice crystal types. The cloud chamber developed at the Desert Re- search Institute has been used to produce ice clouds composed

  8. Static charging of aircraft by collisions with ice crystals (+) A. J. Illingworth and S. J. Marsh

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    negatively because of the triboelectric or frictional charging occurring as water or ice particles collide803 Static charging of aircraft by collisions with ice crystals (+) A. J. Illingworth and S. J 1986) Résumé. - Des expériences de laboratoire, mesurant le transfert de charge lors de collisions de

  9. Analysis of ice crystal habits derived from MISR and MODIS observations over the ARM Southern Great Plains site

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    Sally A. McFarlane; Roger T. Marchand

    2008-01-01

    We have developed a look-up table approach for retrieving cloud phase (water or ice) and best-fit ice crystal scattering model from coincident Multiangle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data. We present statistics of cloud phase and radiatively effective ice crystal habit for 5 years of Terra overpasses of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Program's Southern Great

  10. The characteristics of mid-latitude and low-latitude ice cloud crystals

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    Schmitt, Carl George

    An accurate understanding of the dimensional characteristics of atmospheric ice crystals is important for weather and climate models. Ice crystal fall speed which partially governs cloud lifetime is dependent on crystal mass and projected area. Ice cloud radiative properties are dependent on crystal shape as well as cloud optical thickness which can vary widely depending on local conditions and cloud formation mechanisms. These are some of the reasons that cirrus clouds are considered to be one of the most uncertain elements in the earth's climate system. This thesis addresses some of these uncertainties. Mid-latitude cirrus clouds are frequently composed of bullet rosette shaped ice crystals. Bullet rosettes can grow with hollow ends which affects their radiative properties. In chapter 2, the frequency of occurrence of bullet rosettes with hollows ends is investigated. The radiative properties of hollow crystals are investigated in Chapter 3. For a thin cloud (optical depth of unity) with hollow crystals would lead to a difference of 5 W/m2 in short wave radiation at the surface compared to solid crystals. The properties of low latitude sub-visible cirrus cloud particles have been poorly investigated due to the difficulty of reaching them with instrumented aircraft. The properties of sub-visible cirrus clouds are investigated through the analysis of a large dataset of aircraft observations in chapter 4. Parameterizations for particle area, mass, size distributions and mass weighted fall speeds are developed. Mass weighted fall speeds were found to be lower than predicted by previous parameterizations due to the lack of large particles compared to previous studies. Most atmospheric ice cloud particles are irregular in shape. The final two research topics addressed in this thesis investigate the dimensional characteristics of irregularly shaped ice particles. In chapter 5, the total surface area of irregular ice crystals is investigated. Knowledge of particle surface area is important for atmospheric chemistry applications. In Chapter 6, ice crystal projected area and mass are investigated using fractal geometry techniques. Ice crystal aggregation was simulated to investigate the structure of ice crystal aggregates. The fractal analysis allows the determination of mass dimensional relationships from particle projected area measurements.

  11. Laboratory Investigation of Contact Freezing and the Aerosol to Ice Crystal Transformation Process

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    Shaw, Raymond A. [Michigan Technological University

    2014-10-28

    This project has been focused on the following objectives: 1. Investigations of the physical processes governing immersion versus contact nucleation, specifically surface-induced crystallization; 2. Development of a quadrupole particle trap with full thermodynamic control over the temperature range 0 to –40 °C and precisely controlled water vapor saturation ratios for continuous, single-particle measurement of the aerosol to ice crystal transformation process for realistic ice nuclei; 3. Understanding the role of ice nucleation in determining the microphysical properties of mixed-phase clouds, within a framework that allows bridging between laboratory and field measurements.

  12. Light-scattering properties of plate and column ice crystals generated in a laboratory cold chamber.

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    Barkey, Brian; Bailey, Matt; Liou, Kuo-Nan; Hallett, John

    2002-09-20

    Angular scattering properties of ice crystal particles generated in a laboratory cloud chamber are measured with a lightweight polar nephelometer with a diode laser beam. This cloud chamber produces distinct plate and hollow column ice crystal types for light-scattering experiments and provides a controlled test bed for comparison with results computed from theory. Ice clouds composed predominantly of plates and hollow columns generated noticeable 22 degrees and 46 degrees halo patterns, which are predicted from geometric ray-tracing calculations. With the measured ice crystal shape and size distribution, the angular scattering patterns computed from geometrical optics with a significant contribution by rough surfaces closely match those observed from the nephelometer. PMID:12269578

  13. X-ray Diffraction Topographic Studies of Dislocations in Natural Large Ice Single Crystals

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    Akeharu Fukuda; Akira Higashi

    1969-01-01

    The method of X-ray diffraction topography was adopted to reveal the dislocation structure in natural, large ice single crystals which has been hitherto used for the extensive experiments of plastic deformation. The topographs show clear images of curved and straight dislocation lines lying on the basal planes of the crystal. Dislocation density is in the order of 104 cm-2 and

  14. Ultrasonically triggered freezing of aqueous solutions: Influence of initial oxygen content on ice crystals' size distribution

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    Jabbari-Hichri, Amira; Peczalski, Roman; Laurent, Pierre

    2014-09-01

    Samples of mannitol's aqueous solution at various contents of dissolved oxygen were frozen with the help of ultrasound and the ice crystals size distributions were measured by optical microscopy. Increasing the oxygen content led to a fair decreasing of the average crystals size and an increasing of the homogeneity of the size of crystals within the sample. The average size appeared simply as inversely proportional to the oxygen content in the initial liquid solution.

  15. Using New Optical Scattering Measurements to Identify Atmospheric Aerosols, Dusts, and Ice Crystals

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    Brooks, S. D.; Orcutt, J. M.; Glen, A.

    2013-12-01

    While the availability of recent satellites such as Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar with Orthogonal Polarization (CALIOP) offer improved accuracy and global coverage of nonspherical aerosol and cloud particles, such measurements still rely on gross assumptions in determination of particle type. In particular, the size and composition-dependent scattering properties of nonspherical dust and ice crystals are needed to determine the individual contributions of dust and ice to the scattering of sunlight and the earth's radiative budget. An added challenge is that the presence of dust and ice often coincide in the atmosphere because dust is an effective ice nucleus. A new in-situ instrument, the Cloud and Aerosol Spectrometer with Polarization (CASPOL) from Droplet Measurement Technologies measures light scattered by aerosols in the forward and backward directions, with an additional polarized detector in the backward direction. Scattering by a single particle can be measured by all three detectors for aerosols in a broad range of sizes, 0.6 micrometers < diameter < 50 micrometers. The CASPOL is a unique measurement tool, since unlike most in-situ probes, it measures these optical properties on a particle-by-particle basis. In this laboratory study, single particle CASPOL measurements for thirteen atmospherically relevant dusts were obtained and their optical scattering signatures were evaluated. In addition, a Continuous Flow Diffusion Chamber (CFDC) was used as an ice crystal generator to produce ice crystals via both homogenous and heterogeneous nucleation mechanisms under well-controlled laboratory conditions. Optical scattering properties of the nucleated ice crystals were then measured by the CASPOL. The total and polarized backscatter intensities were found to vary with particle size for all dust types. Using a new optical signature technique all but one dust type could be categorized into one of three optical scattering groups. Significant differences between the optical properties of single dust and ice particles of the same size were observed. Differences between the optical signatures of homogeneously and heterogeneously nucleated ice crystals were not statistically significant. In addition, assuming size distributions representative of dust and cirrus ice clouds in the atmosphere, we used the CASPOL single particle data to estimate the additive composite backscatter intensity and depolarization ratio for these populations of non spherical particles in the atmosphere, and hence their contributions to the Earth's radiative budget. Our results suggest that atmospheric ice crystals can be identified and quantified independent from the dust particles on which they form based on analysis of their backscatter and depolarization signals. Information provided by the CASPOL measurements could improve interpretation of remote sensing measurements of many types of aerosol and cloud particles.

  16. Investigation of nucleation, dynamic growth and surface properties of single ice crystals

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    Voigtlaender, Jens; Herenz, Paul; Chou, Cédric; Bieligk, Henner; Clauss, Tina; Niedermeier, Dennis; Ritter, Georg; Ulanowski, Joseph Z.; Stratmann, Frank

    2014-05-01

    Nucleation, dynamic growth and optical light scattering properties of a fixed single ice crystal have been experimentally characterized in dependence of both, the type of the ice nucleus (IN) and the prevailing thermodynamic conditions. The set up was developed based on the laminar flow tube LACIS (Leipzig Aerosol Cloud Interaction Simulator, Stratmann et al., 2004; Hartmann et al., 2011). The flow tube is equipped with a SID3-type (Small Ice Detector, Kaye et al., 2008) instrument called LISA (LACIS Ice Scattering Apparatus) and an additional optical microscope. For the investigations, a single (IN with a dry size of 2-10 micrometer is attached to a thin glass fiber and positioned within the optical measuring volume of LISA. The fixed particle is exposed to the thermodynamically controlled air flow, exiting the flow tube. Temperature and saturation ratio in the measuring volume can be varied on a time scale of 1-2 s by adjusting the humidified gas flow. Dependent on the thermodynamic conditions, ice nucleation and ice particle growth/shrinkage occur and can be studied. Thereby, the LISA instrument is applied to obtain 2-D light scattering patterns, and the additional optical microscope allows a time dependent visualization of the ice crystal. Both devices together allow to investigate the influence of the thermodynamic conditions on ice particle growth, the particle shape and its surface properties (i.e., its surface roughness, Ulanowski et al., 2011; Ulanowski et al., 2012; Ulanowski et al., 2013)). The thermodynamic conditions in the optical measuring volume have been extensively characterized using a) computational fluid dynamics (CFD) calculations, b) temperature and dew-point measurements, and c) evaluation of droplet and ice particle growth data. Furthermore, we successfully performed condensation freezing and deposition nucleation experiments with ATD (Arizona Test Dust), kaolinite, illite and SnomaxTM (Johnson Controls Snow, Colorado, USA) particles. In the experiments we could prove that different types of IN, as well as different temperatures and saturation ratios result in different growth rates and ice crystal shapes, but also in different surface properties. Regarding on single ice crystal, the surface roughness can also be modified by varying the prevailing thermodynamic conditions. Thereby, the surface roughness tends to increase for growing and to decrease for shrinking particles. Here, we will present current results of the thermodynamic characterization measurements and the ongoing ice crystal growth experiments.

  17. Examinations of ice formation processes in Florida cumuli using ice nuclei measurements of anvil ice crystal particle residues

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    ] A continuous flow diffusion chamber (CFDC) was used to measure ice formation by cloud particle residuals during cirrus formed from convection. The CFDC sampled residual particles remaining after evaporation of cloud, determination of the ice nucleation ability of particles that included the presumed nuclei for cloud

  18. laboratory studies on the uptake of organic compounds by ice crystals

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    Fries, E.; Jaeschke, W.

    2003-04-01

    Anthropogenic aerosols produced from biomass burning are known to increase the number of cloud condensation nuclei in the atmosphere at most latitudes. This reduces cloud droplet size, which prevents raindrop formation at shallower levels in the atmosphere. Vertical convection processes force particles and water vapor to rise up to the upper troposphere. At lower temperatures, ice crystals are formed via heterogeneous freezing of supercooled droplets containing particles known as ice nuclei (IN) and/or via condensation of supercooled water onto IN directly from the vapor, followed by freezing. Ice crystals grow by vapor deposition, by collision of supercooled drops with ice particles and by collision of ice crystals. The grown ice crystals melt on their way down and turn into rain. Most of the precipitation falling to the surface at midlatitudes originates as ice. The adsorption of organic gases emitted from fossil fuel combustion like BTEX may alter particle growth and sublimation rates in the atmosphere. This may also change precipitation rates, which impact the climate world-wide. Considering importance of ice in atmospheric science, laboratory studies are carried out to quantify organic vapor adsorption onto ice. At temperatures between 0 and -40^oC, organic gases at ppb gas levels are allowed to adsorb to the surface of ice crystals with surface properties similar to atmospheric ice. For the experiments, a vertical ice chamber (stainless-steel) with 10 different screen inserts (stainless-steel) was constructed. The chamber is 39 cm in length and 10,5 cm in diameter. The size of the stainless-steel mesh of the screens was chosen by the size of the ice crystals and is 0.14 cm. The ice chamber is located inside a 2x2 m walk-in cold chamber. Prior to the addition of the organic gases, the precleaned carrier gas of synthetic air is humidified to ice saturation in the walk-in cold chamber by passing the carrier stream through a 10 m long and 5 cm in diameter aluminum pipe. Resulting super cooled droplets are removed by stainless-steel-wool. The carrier gas is mixed outside the ice chamber in various proportions with a defined gas mixture of 60 different organic compounds. This mixture is allowed to flow through the ice chamber at defined pressures and temperatures. The concentrations of the compounds in the gas phase are determined at the inlet and the outlet of the ice chamber by a mobile GC (AirmoVoc1020). Additionally, the amount of adsorbed compounds is determined by a very sensitive method based on solid-phase-micro-extraction (SPME) followed by GC/FID. The resulting sorption coefficients for different gas concentrations are plotted vs the reciprocal of the absolute temperature for all substances. First results dealing with the adsorption properties of the investigated organic compounds.

  19. Effects of preexisting ice crystals on cirrus clouds and comparison between different ice nucleation parameterizations with the Community Atmosphere Model (CAM5)

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    Shi, X.; Liu, X.; Zhang, K.

    2014-07-01

    In order to improve the treatment of ice nucleation in a more realistic manner in the Community Atmospheric Model version 5.3 (CAM5.3), the effects of preexisting ice crystals on ice nucleation in cirrus clouds are considered. In addition, by considering the in-cloud variability in ice saturation ratio, homogeneous nucleation takes place spatially only in a portion of cirrus cloud rather than in the whole area of cirrus cloud. With these improvements, the two unphysical limiters used in the representation of ice nucleation are removed. Compared to observations, the ice number concentrations and the probability distributions of ice number concentration are both improved with the updated treatment. The preexisting ice crystals significantly reduce ice number concentrations in cirrus clouds, especially at mid- to high latitudes in the upper troposphere (by a factor of ~10). Furthermore, the contribution of heterogeneous ice nucleation to cirrus ice crystal number increases considerably. Besides the default ice nucleation parameterization of Liu and Penner (2005, hereafter LP) in CAM5.3, two other ice nucleation parameterizations of Barahona and Nenes (2009, hereafter BN) and Kärcher et al. (2006, hereafter KL) are implemented in CAM5.3 for the comparison. In-cloud ice crystal number concentration, percentage contribution from heterogeneous ice nucleation to total ice crystal number, and preexisting ice effects simulated by the three ice nucleation parameterizations have similar patterns in the simulations with present-day aerosol emissions. However, the change (present-day minus pre-industrial times) in global annual mean column ice number concentration from the KL parameterization (3.24 × 106 m-2) is obviously less than that from the LP (8.46 × 106 m-2) and BN (5.62 × 106 m-2) parameterizations. As a result, experiment using the KL parameterization predicts a much smaller anthropogenic aerosol longwave indirect forcing (0.24 W m-2) than that using the LP (0.46 W m-2) and BN (0.39 W m-2) parameterizations.

  20. Structural transformation in supercooled water controls the crystallization rate of ice.

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    Moore, Emily B; Molinero, Valeria

    2011-11-24

    One of water's unsolved puzzles is the question of what determines the lowest temperature to which it can be cooled before freezing to ice. The supercooled liquid has been probed experimentally to near the homogeneous nucleation temperature, T(H) ? 232 K, yet the mechanism of ice crystallization-including the size and structure of critical nuclei-has not yet been resolved. The heat capacity and compressibility of liquid water anomalously increase on moving into the supercooled region, according to power laws that would diverge (that is, approach infinity) at ~225 K (refs 1, 2), so there may be a link between water's thermodynamic anomalies and the crystallization rate of ice. But probing this link is challenging because fast crystallization prevents experimental studies of the liquid below T(H). And although atomistic studies have captured water crystallization, high computational costs have so far prevented an assessment of the rates and mechanism involved. Here we report coarse-grained molecular simulations with the mW water model in the supercooled regime around T(H) which reveal that a sharp increase in the fraction of four-coordinated molecules in supercooled liquid water explains its anomalous thermodynamics and also controls the rate and mechanisms of ice formation. The results of the simulations and classical nucleation theory using experimental data suggest that the crystallization rate of water reaches a maximum around 225 K, below which ice nuclei form faster than liquid water can equilibrate. This implies a lower limit of metastability of liquid water just below T(H) and well above its glass transition temperature, 136 K. By establishing a relationship between the structural transformation in liquid water and its anomalous thermodynamics and crystallization rate, our findings also provide mechanistic insight into the observed dependence of homogeneous ice nucleation rates on the thermodynamics of water. PMID:22113691

  1. Structural transformation in supercooled water controls the crystallization rate of ice

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    Emily B. Moore; Valeria Molinero

    2011-09-27

    One of water's unsolved puzzles is the question of what determines the lowest temperature to which it can be cooled before freezing to ice. The supercooled liquid has been probed experimentally to near the homogeneous nucleation temperature TH{\\approx}232 K, yet the mechanism of ice crystallization - including the size and structure of critical nuclei - has not yet been resolved. The heat capacity and compressibility of liquid water anomalously increase upon moving into the supercooled region according to a power law that would diverge at Ts{\\approx}225 K,(1,2) so there may be a link between water's thermodynamic anomalies and the crystallization rate of ice. But probing this link is challenging because fast crystallization prevents experimental studies of the liquid below TH. And while atomistic studies have captured water crystallization(3), the computational costs involved have so far prevented an assessment of the rates and mechanism involved. Here we report coarse-grained molecular simulations with the mW water model(4) in the supercooled regime around TH, which reveal that a sharp increase in the fraction of four-coordinated molecules in supercooled liquid water explains its anomalous thermodynamics and also controls the rate and mechanism of ice formation. The simulations reveal that the crystallization rate of water reaches a maximum around 225 K, below which ice nuclei form faster than liquid water can equilibrate. This implies a lower limit of metastability of liquid water just below TH and well above its glass transition temperature Tg{\\approx}136 K. By providing a relationship between the structural transformation in liquid water, its anomalous thermodynamics and its crystallization rate, this work provides a microscopic foundation to the experimental finding that the thermodynamics of water determines the rates of homogeneous nucleation of ice.(5)

  2. Seismic wave propagation in anisotropic ice - Part 2: Effects of crystal anisotropy in geophysical data

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    Diez, A.; Eisen, O.; Hofstede, C.; Lambrecht, A.; Mayer, C.; Miller, H.; Steinhage, D.; Binder, T.; Weikusat, I.

    2015-02-01

    We investigate the propagation of seismic waves in anisotropic ice. Two effects are important: (i) sudden changes in crystal orientation fabric (COF) lead to englacial reflections; (ii) the anisotropic fabric induces an angle dependency on the seismic velocities and, thus, recorded travel times. Velocities calculated from the polycrystal elasticity tensor derived for the anisotropic fabric from measured COF eigenvalues of the EDML ice core, Antarctica, show good agreement with the velocity trend determined from vertical seismic profiling. The agreement of the absolute velocity values, however, depends on the choice of the monocrystal elasticity tensor used for the calculation of the polycrystal properties. We make use of abrupt changes in COF as a common reflection mechanism for seismic and radar data below the firn-ice transition to determine COF-induced reflections in either data set by joint comparison with ice-core data. Our results highlight the possibility to complement regional radar surveys with local, surface-based seismic experiments to separate isochrones in radar data from other mechanisms. This is important for the reconnaissance of future ice-core drill sites, where accurate isochrone (i.e. non-COF) layer integrity allows for synchronization with other cores, as well as studies of ice dynamics considering non-homogeneous ice viscosity from preferred crystal orientations.

  3. DISCOVERY OF CRYSTALLIZED WATER ICE IN A SILHOUETTE DISK IN THE M43 REGION

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    Terada, Hiroshi [Subaru Telescope, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, 650 North A'ohoku Place, Hilo, HI 96720 (United States); Tokunaga, Alan T., E-mail: terada@subaru.naoj.org [Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu 96822 (United States)

    2012-07-01

    We present the 1.9-4.2 {mu}m spectra of the five bright (L {<=} 11.2) young stars associated with silhouette disks with a moderate to high inclination angle of 39 Degree-Sign -80 Degree-Sign in the M42 and M43 regions. The water ice absorption is seen toward d121-1925 and d216-0939, while the spectra of d182-316, d183-405, and d218-354 show no water ice feature around 3.1 {mu}m within the detection limits. By comparing the water ice features toward nearby stars, we find that the water ice absorption toward d121-1925 and d216-0939 most likely originates from the foreground material and the surrounding disk, respectively. The angle of the disk inclination is found to be mainly responsible for the difference of the optical depth of the water ice among the five young stars. Our results suggest that there is a critical inclination angle between 65 Degree-Sign and 75 Degree-Sign for the circumstellar disk where the water ice absorption becomes strong. The average density at the disk surface of d216-0939 was found to be 6.38 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -18} g cm{sup -3}. The water ice absorption band in the d216-0939 disk is remarkable in that the maximum optical depth of the water ice band is at a longer wavelength than detected before. It indicates that the primary carrier of the feature is purely crystallized water ice at the surface of the d216-0939 disk with characteristic size of {approx}0.8 {mu}m, which suggests grain growth. This is the first direct detection of purely crystallized water ice in a silhouette disk.

  4. Formation of gas hydrate during crystallization of ethane-saturated amorphous ice

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    Faizullin, M. Z.; Vinogradov, A. V.; Skokov, V. N.; Koverda, V. P.

    2014-10-01

    Layers of ethane-saturated amorphous ice were prepared by depositing molecular beams of water and gas on a substrate cooled with liquid nitrogen. The heating of the layers was accompanied by vitrification (softening) followed by spontaneous crystallization. Crystallization of condensates under the conditions of deep metastability proceeded with gas hydrate formation. The vitrification and crystallization temperatures of the condensates were determined from the changes in their dielectric properties on heating. The thermal effects of transformations were recorded by differential thermal analysis. The crystallization of the amorphous water layers was studied by electron diffraction. Formation of a metastable packing with elements of a cubic diamond-like structure was noted.

  5. Modeling the Influence of Antifreeze Proteins on Three-Dimensional Ice Crystal Melt Shapes using a Geometric Approach

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    Jun Jie Liu; Yangzong Qin; Maya Bar Dolev; Yeliz Celik; J. S. Wettlaufer; Ido Braslavsky

    2012-07-12

    The melting of pure axisymmetric ice crystals has been described previously by us within the framework of so-called geometric crystal growth. Nonequilibrium ice crystal shapes evolving in the presence of hyperactive antifreeze proteins (hypAFPs) are experimentally observed to assume ellipsoidal geometries ("lemon" or "rice" shapes). To analyze such shapes we harness the underlying symmetry of hexagonal ice Ih and extend two-dimensional geometric models to three-dimensions to reproduce the experimental dissolution process. The geometrical model developed will be useful as a quantitative test of the mechanisms of interaction between hypAFPs and ice.

  6. Crystallization of CO2 ice at astronomical conditions

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    Escribano, R. M.; Munoz-Caro, G.; Cruz-Diaz, G.; Mate, B.; Rodriguez-Lazcano, Y.

    2013-12-01

    Carbon dioxide is, after water and comparable to carbon monoxide, one of the most abundant frozen molecular species observed in the lines of sight towards many astrophysical media. We present here an experimental and theoretical investigation on carbon dioxide ices, generated in the lab in a range of temperature, density, amorphicity, and growing conditions (1), and simulated via high level theoretical calculations. Amorphous CO2 ice was generated at CAB by deposition onto a CsI substrate at 8 K under ultrahigh vacuum conditions in the 10-11 mbar range. The pressure increase used for the deposition of CO2 was very low, 10-9 mbar, to enable the formation of highly amorphous CO2 ice, at very low deposition rate. The transmittance infrared spectra, collected at several stages of sample growth, from 20 to 360 monolayers, are shown in the Figure. In a different set of experiments performed at IEM, the morphology of the amorphous CO2 ice has been studied using reflexion-absorption infrared (RAIR) spectroscopy. Calculated spectra of amorphous CO2 ice are obtained using the SIESTA code (2). In a first step, crystalline structures are processed by molecular dynamics to generate amorphous samples, which are subsequently relaxed until an equilibrium configuration is reached. The vibrational spectra of the amorphous solids are then calculated. The spectra of amorphous ice can change significantly depending on the density of the sample. An IR band, red-shifted with respect to ?3, has been identified as a witness of pure and amorphous CO2 ice. It vanishes when the sample becomes crystalline, either by temperature increase or by accumulation of increasing number of layers. The absence of this band in the observed spectra of solid CO2 is an indication that there is no pure and amorphous CO2 ice in inter- and circumstellar mantles References 1. Escribano, R., Muñoz Caro, G., Cruz-Díaz, G.A. Rodríguez-Lazcano, Y. and Maté, B., PNAS, accepted for publication, July 2013.. 2. Ordejón, P., Artacho, E., Soler, J.M., Phys. Rev. B, 53, R10441 (1996). Transmission spectra of CO2 ice samples deposited at 8 K, for increasing thickness expressed as monolayer coverage. Spectral regions of ?3 (stretching mode) and ?2 (bending mode), are shown on the left- and right-hand panels, respectively.

  7. Crystal structure of an insect antifreeze protein and its implications for ice binding.

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    Hakim, Aaron; Nguyen, Jennifer B; Basu, Koli; Zhu, Darren F; Thakral, Durga; Davies, Peter L; Isaacs, Farren J; Modis, Yorgo; Meng, Wuyi

    2013-04-26

    Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) help some organisms resist freezing by binding to ice crystals and inhibiting their growth. The molecular basis for how these proteins recognize and bind ice is not well understood. The longhorn beetle Rhagium inquisitor can supercool to below -25 °C, in part by synthesizing the most potent antifreeze protein studied thus far (RiAFP). We report the crystal structure of the 13-kDa RiAFP, determined at 1.21 ? resolution using direct methods. The structure, which contains 1,914 nonhydrogen protein atoms in the asymmetric unit, is the largest determined ab initio without heavy atoms. It reveals a compressed ?-solenoid fold in which the top and bottom sheets are held together by a silk-like interdigitation of short side chains. RiAFP is perhaps the most regular structure yet observed. It is a second independently evolved AFP type in beetles. The two beetle AFPs have in common an extremely flat ice-binding surface comprising regular outward-projecting parallel arrays of threonine residues. The more active, wider RiAFP has four (rather than two) of these arrays between which the crystal structure shows the presence of ice-like waters. Molecular dynamics simulations independently reproduce the locations of these ordered crystallographic waters and predict additional waters that together provide an extensive view of the AFP interaction with ice. By matching several planes of hexagonal ice, these waters may help freeze the AFP to the ice surface, thus providing the molecular basis of ice binding. PMID:23486477

  8. Simplification for Fraunhofer diffracting pattern of various randomly oriented ice crystals in cirrus.

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    Pujol, Olivier; Brogniez, Gérard; Labonnote, Laurent

    2012-09-01

    This paper deals with Fraunhofer diffraction by an ensemble of independent randomly oriented ice crystals of assorted shapes, like those of cirrus clouds. There is no restriction on the shape of each crystal. It is shown that light flux density in the Fourier plane is azimuth-invariant and varies as 1/sin(4)?, ? being the angle of diffraction. The analytical formula proposed is exact. The key point of this study is conservation of electromagnetic energy. PMID:23201960

  9. Best face forward: crystal-face competition at the ice-water interface.

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    Shultz, Mary Jane; Bisson, Patrick J; Brumberg, Alexandra

    2014-07-17

    The ice-water interface plays an important role in determining the outcome of both biological and environmental processes. Under ambient pressure, the most stable form of ice is hexagonal ice (Ih). Experimentally probing the surface free energy between each of the major faces of Ih ice and the liquid is both experimentally and theoretically challenging. The basis for the challenge is the near-equality of the surface free energy for the major faces along with the tendency of water to supercool. As a result, morphology from crystallization initiated below 0 °C is kinetically controlled. The reported work circumvents supercooling consequences by providing a polycrystalline seed, followed by isothermal, equilibrium growth. Natural selection among seeded faces results in a single crystal. A record of the growth front is preserved in the frozen boule. Crystal orientation at the front is revealed by examining the boule cross section with two techniques: (1) viewing between crossed polarizers to locate the optical axis and (2) etching to distinguish the primary-prism face from the secondary-prism face. Results suggest that the most stable ice-water interface at 0 °C is the secondary-prism face, followed by the primary-prism face. The basal face that imparts the characteristic hexagonal shape to snowflakes is a distant third. The results contrast with those from freezing the vapor where the basal and primary-prism faces have comparable free energy followed by the secondary-prism face. PMID:24784996

  10. Seismic wave propagation in anisotropic ice - Part 2: Effects of crystal anisotropy in geophysical data

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    Diez, A.; Eisen, O.; Hofstede, C.; Lambrecht, A.; Mayer, C.; Miller, H.; Steinhage, D.; Binder, T.; Weikusat, I.

    2014-08-01

    We investigate the propagation of seismic waves in anisotropic ice. Two effects are important: (i) sudden changes in crystal orientation fabric (COF) lead to englacial reflections; (ii) the anisotropic fabric induces an angle dependency on the seismic velocities and, thus, recorded traveltimes. Velocities calculated from the polycrystal elasticity tensor derived for the anisotropic fabric from measured COF eigenvalues of the EDML ice core, Antarctica, show good agreement with the velocity trend determined from a vertical seismic profiling. The agreement of the absolute velocity values, however, depends on the choice of the monocrystal elasticity tensor used for the calculation of the polycrystal properties. With this validation of seismic velocities we make use of abrupt changes in COF as common reflection mechanism for seismic and radar data below the firn-ice transition to investigate their occurrence by comparison with ice-core data. Our results highlight the possibility to complement regional radar surveys with local, surface-based seismic deployment to separate isochrones in radar data from other mechanisms. This is important for the reconnaissance of future ice-core drill sites, where accurate isochrone (i.e. non-COF) layer integrity allows for synchronization with other cores, as well as studies of ice dynamics considering non-homogeneous viscosity from preferred crystal orientations.

  11. Crystallization of amorphous ice as the cause of Comet P/Halley's outburst at 14 AU

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    Prialnik, D.; Bar-Nun, A.

    1992-01-01

    An explanation is provided for the postperihelion eruption of Comet P/Halley, detected in February 1991 and believed to have started three months earlier, namely, the crystallization of amorphous ice taking place in the interior of the porous nucleus, at depths of a few tens of meters, accompanied by the release of trapped gases. Numerical calculations show that for a bulk density of 0.5 g/cu cm and a pore size of 1 micron crystallization occurs on the outbound leg of Comet P/Halley's orbit, at heliocentric distances between 5 AU and 17 AU. The trapped gas is released and flows to the surface through the porous medium. It may also open wider channels, as the internal pressures obtained surpass the tensile strength of cometary ice. The outflowing gas carries with it grains of ice and dust, and thus can explain the large amounts of dust observed in the coma at 14.3 AU and beyond.

  12. NASA Glenn Propulsion Systems Lab: 2012 Inaugural Ice Crystal Cloud Calibration Procedure and Results

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    VanZante, Judith F.; Rosine, Bryan M.

    2014-01-01

    The inaugural calibration of the ice crystal and supercooled liquid water clouds generated in NASA Glenn's engine altitude test facility, the Propulsion Systems Lab (PSL) is reported herein. This calibration was in support of the inaugural engine ice crystal validation test. During the Fall of 2012 calibration effort, cloud uniformity was documented via an icing grid, laser sheet and cloud tomography. Water content was measured via multi-wire and robust probes, and particle sizes were measured with a Cloud Droplet Probe and Cloud Imaging Probe. The environmental conditions ranged from 5,000 to 35,000 ft, Mach 0.15 to 0.55, temperature from +50 to -35 F and relative humidities from less than 1 percent to 75 percent in the plenum.

  13. April 1983 Y. Takano and S. Asano 289 Fraunhofer Diffraction by Ice Crystals Suspended

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    Takano, Yoshihide

    or circular apertures (Jacobowitz, 1971; Wendling et al., 1979). More recently, Coleman and Liou (1981April 1983 Y. Takano and S. Asano 289 Fraunhofer Diffraction by Ice Crystals Suspended 1982,in revisedform 8 February 1983) Abstract Fraunhofer diffraction has been explicitly formulated

  14. Theoretical Determination of the Efficiency of Aerosol Particle Collection by Falling Columnar Ice Crystals

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    N. L. Miller; P. K. Wano

    1989-01-01

    A theoretical model for the removal of aerosol particles by falling columnar ice crystals which incorporates gravitational, inertial, thermophoreic, diffusiophoretic, and electrostatic mechanisms has been formulated. The results of this trajectory model, combined with earlier resuslts, determine the collection efficiency for submicron particles as a flux onto a collector surface for any geometry and due to Brownian diffusion, thermo- and

  15. Geometric-opticsintegral-equation method for light scattering by nonspherical ice crystals

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    Liou, K. N.

    A significant number of cloud particles in the Earth's atmosphere is ice crystals. They reflect sunlight budget in the Earth and the atmosphere sys- tem, and hence its climate, must begin with an understanding are largely composed of bullet rosettes, solid and hollow columns, plates, and aggregates with sizes ranging

  16. Depolarization of lidar returns by small ice crystals: An application to contrails

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    Michael I. Mishchenko; Kenneth Sassen

    1998-01-01

    Measurements of the lidar linear depolarization ratio delta can be a powerful remote sensing technique for characterizing the microphysics of contrail particles. Since young contrails often consist of relatively small ice crystals, the quantitative interpretation of lidar measurements requires accurate theoretical computations of delta for polydisperse, randomly oriented nonspherical particles with size parameters ranging from zero to at least several

  17. Advantages of ice crystal growth experiments in a low gravity environment

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    Anderson, B. J.; Keller, V. W.; Hallett, J.

    1979-01-01

    The effects of convective fluid motions and mechanical supports on ice crystal growth in experiments conducted on earth can be inferred from studies conducted in their absence in a low-gravity environment. Current experimental results indicate the effects may be significant.

  18. Transformation of the snow crystal to a particle of ice

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    Guseva-Lozinski, Elena

    To study the physical properties of snow under different meteorological conditions a mathematical model and numerical computer program were created and applied for some numerical modelling estimates. The non-linear mathematical model consists of partial differential equations and can be subdivided into a thermal part with phase changes in porous media, diffusion, structural transformation and mechanical parts. The model was applied to simulate the evolution of structural, thermal and mechanical parameters in a snow profile subject to meteorological parameters (air temperature and moisture, wind velocity, precipitation, density). The snow structure is very sensitive to the temporal variations of all external parameters: temperature, humidity, precipitation and wind-pumping. Snow deposited in cold weather conditions is transformed through densification, metamorphism and recrystallisation. Snow crystals have unstable shapes. The tendency for mass and heat to be redistributed through sublimation is to minimise the surface free energy. The result of these processes is to change the shape of a snow crystal to that of a sphere. The transformation of the initial singular stellar crystal to a number of small grains with the same mass as the original crystal is described mathematically. It gives the rates of the transformations. Based on this mathematical approach we can predict changes of the crystal shapes, number of crystals and other physical properties inside a snowpack subject to different meteorological conditions.

  19. Charge transfer measurements during single ice crystal collisions with a target growing by riming

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    Pereyra, Rodolfo G.; Avila, Eldo E.

    2002-12-01

    Direct measurements of the electric charge separated from individual collisions between vapor grown ice crystals and an artificial graupel growing by riming have been made in the present laboratory work. The measurements were performed with an impact velocity of 8.5 m s-1, the ambient temperature was varied in the range -5 to -20°C, the average ice crystal sizes between 20 to 40 ?m, with an effective liquid water content up to 1.5 g m-3. The magnitude of the charge separated per collision is on the order of 10 fC, and the sign of the average charge depends on the ambient temperature for the present EW. We found that the artificial graupel charges positively for temperatures above -12°C and negatively for temperatures below -14°C. The current results are compared with those obtained by other authors that used the multiple crystal collision technique.

  20. Modeling variability in dendritic ice crystal backscattering cross sections at millimeter wavelengths using a modified Rayleigh-Gans theory

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    Lu, Yinghui; Clothiaux, Eugene E.; Aydin, Kültegin; Botta, Giovanni; Verlinde, Johannes

    2013-12-01

    Using the Generalized Multi-particle Mie-method (GMM), Botta et al. (in this issue) [7] created a database of backscattering cross sections for 412 different ice crystal dendrites at X-, Ka- and W-band wavelengths for different incident angles. The Rayleigh-Gans theory, which accounts for interference effects but ignores interactions between different parts of an ice crystal, explains much, but not all, of the variability in the database of backscattering cross sections. Differences between it and the GMM range from -3.5 dB to +2.5 dB and are highly dependent on the incident angle. To explain the residual variability a physically intuitive iterative method was developed to estimate the internal electric field within an ice crystal that accounts for interactions between the neighboring regions within it. After modifying the Rayleigh-Gans theory using this estimated internal electric field, the difference between the estimated backscattering cross sections and those from the GMM method decreased to within 0.5 dB for most of the ice crystals. The largest percentage differences occur when the form factor from the Rayleigh-Gans theory is close to zero. Both interference effects and neighbor interactions are sensitive to the morphology of ice crystals. Improvements in ice-microphysical models are necessary to predict or diagnose internal structures within ice crystals to aid in more accurate interpretation of radar returns. Observations of the morphology of ice crystals are, in turn, necessary to guide the development of such ice-microphysical models and to better understand the statistical properties of ice crystal morphologies in different environmental conditions.

  1. The microphysical properties of ice fog measured in urban environments of Interior Alaska

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    Schmitt, Carl G.; Stuefer, Martin; Heymsfield, Andrew J.; Kim, Chang Ki

    2013-10-01

    microphysical properties of ice fog were measured at two sites during a small field campaign in January and February of 2012 in Interior Alaska. The National Center for Atmospheric Research Video Ice Particle Sampler probe and Formvar (polyvinyl formal)-coated microscope slides were used to sample airborne ice particles at two polluted sites in the Fairbanks region. Both sites were significantly influenced by anthropogenic emission and additional water vapor from nearby open water power plant cooling ponds. Measurements show that ice fog particles were generally droxtal shaped (faceted, quasi-spherical) for sub-10 µm particles, while plate-shaped crystals were the most frequently observed particles between 10 and 50 µm. A visibility cutoff of 3 km was used to separate ice fog events from other observations which were significantly influenced by larger (50-150 µm) diamond dust particles. The purpose of this study is to more realistically characterize ice fog microphysical properties in order to facilitate better model predictions of the onset of ice fog in polluted environments. Parameterizations for mass and projected area are developed and used to estimate particle terminal velocity. Dimensional characteristics are based on particle geometry and indicated that ice fog particles have significantly lower densities than water droplets as well as reduced cross-sectional areas, the net result being that terminal velocities are estimated to be less than half the value of those calculated for water droplets. Particle size distributions are characterized using gamma functions and have a shape factor (?) of between -0.5 and -1.0 for polluted ice fog conditions.

  2. Elementary steps at the surface of ice crystals visualized by advanced optical microscopy

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    Sazaki, Gen; Zepeda, Salvador; Nakatsubo, Shunichi; Yokoyama, Etsuro; Furukawa, Yoshinori

    2010-01-01

    Due to the abundance of ice on earth, the phase transition of ice plays crucially important roles in various phenomena in nature. Hence, the molecular-level understanding of ice crystal surfaces holds the key to unlocking the secrets of a number of fields. In this study we demonstrate, by laser confocal microscopy combined with differential interference contrast microscopy, that elementary steps (the growing ends of ubiquitous molecular layers with the minimum height) of ice crystals and their dynamic behavior can be visualized directly at air-ice interfaces. We observed the appearance and lateral growth of two-dimensional islands on ice crystal surfaces. When the steps of neighboring two-dimensional islands coalesced, the contrast of the steps always disappeared completely. We were able to discount the occurrence of steps too small to detect directly because we never observed the associated phenomena that would indicate their presence. In addition, classical two-dimensional nucleation theory does not support the appearance of multilayered two-dimensional islands. Hence, we concluded that two-dimensional islands with elementary height (0.37 and 0.39 nm on basal and prism faces, respectively) were visualized by our optical microscopy. On basal and prism faces, we also observed the spiral growth steps generated by screw dislocations. The distance between adjacent spiral steps on a prism face was about 1/20 of that on a basal face. Hence, the step ledge energy of a prism face was 1/20 of that on a basal face, in accord with the known lower-temperature roughening transition of the prism face. PMID:20974928

  3. Formation of Large (Approximately 100 micrometers) Ice Crystals Near the Tropical Tropopause

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    Jensen, E. J.; Pfister, L.; Bui, T. V.; Lawson, P.; Baker, B.; Mo, Q.; Baumgardner, D.; Weinstock, E. M.; Smith, J. B.; Moyer, E. J.; Hanisco, T. F.; Sayres, D. S.; SaintClair, J. M.; Alexander, M.; Toon, O. B.; Smith, J. A.

    2008-01-01

    Recent high-altitude aircraft measurements with in situ imaging instruments indicated the presence of relatively large (approx.100 microns length), thin (aspect ratios of approx.6:1 or larger) hexagonal plate ice crystals near the tropical tropopause in very low concentrations (<0.01/L). These crystals were not produced by deep convection or aggregation. We use simple growth-sedimentation calculations as well as detailed cloud simulations to evaluate the conditions required to grow the large crystals. Uncertainties in crystal aspect ratio leave a range of possibilities, which could be constrained by knowledge of the water vapor concentration in the air where the crystal growth occurred. Unfortunately, water vapor measurements made in the cloud formation region near the tropopause with different instruments ranged from <2 ppmv to approx.3.5 ppmv. The higher water vapor concentrations correspond to very large ice supersaturations (relative humidities with respect to ice of about 200%). If the aspect ratios of the hexagonal plate crystals are as small as the image analysis suggests (6:1, see companion paper (Lawson et al., 2008)) then growth of the large crystals before they sediment out of the supersaturated layer would only be possible if the water vapor concentration were on the high end of the range indicated by the different measurements (>3 ppmv). On the other hand, if the crystal aspect ratios are quite a bit larger (approx.10:1), then H2O concentrations toward the low end of the measurement range (approx.2-2.5 ppmv) would suffice to grow the large crystals. Gravity-wave driven temperature and vertical wind perturbations only slightly modify the H2O concentrations needed to grow the crystals. We find that it would not be possible to grow the large crystals with water concentrations less than 2 ppmv, even with assumptions of a very high aspect ratio of 15 and steady upward motion of 2 cm/s to loft the crystals in the tropopause region. These calculations would seem to imply that the measurements indicating water vapor concentrations less than 2ppmv are implausible, but we cannot rule out the possibility that higher humidity prevailed upstream of the aircraft measurements and the air was dehydrated by the cloud formation. Simulations of the cloud formation with a detailed model indicate that homogeneous freezing should generate ice concentrations larger than the observed concentrations (20/L), and even concentrations as low as 20/L should have depleted the vapor in excess of saturation and prevented growth of large crystals. It seems likely that the large crystals resulted from ice nucleation on effective heterogeneous nuclei at low ice supersaturations. Improvements in our understanding of detailed cloud microphysical processes require resolution of the water vapor measurement discrepancies in these very cold, dry regions of the atmosphere.

  4. A modified scheme that parameterizes depositional growth of ice crystal: A modeling study of pre-summer torrential rainfall case over Southern China

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    Shen, Xinyong; Huang, Wei; Qing, Tao; Huang, Wenyan; Li, Xiaofan

    2014-03-01

    Depositional growth of cloud ice is estimated and its parameterization schemes are compared through the two-dimensional cloud-resolving modeling analysis of pre-summer heavy rainfall over southern China. Hsie et al. (1980) and Krueger et al. (1995) developed parameterization schemes to calculate depositional growth of cloud ice by estimating the growth timescale under the assumption that the ice crystal concentration is independent of crystal size. A new scheme is proposed by Zeng et al. (2008) under the assumption that the ice crystal concentration is proportional to the mass of ice crystal. Hsie's and Krueger's schemes produce small amount of cloud ice similar to what Zeng's scheme with low ice crystal concentration does. When ice crystal concentration is increased to a high value in Zeng's scheme, the simulation generates anomalous depositional growth of cloud ice and thus anomalous area expansion of stratiform rainfall. Zeng's scheme is modified by changing radius of base ice crystal from 0 to 40 ?m in the calculation of depositional growth of cloud ice. The modified scheme with high ice crystal concentration greatly reduces growth of cloud ice and thus fractional coverage of stratiform rainfall.

  5. The application of time-dependent ice crystal trajectory and growth model for the evaluation of cloud seeding experiment using liquid carbon dioxide

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    Nishiyama, K.; Wakimizu, K.; Maki, T.; Suzuki, Y.; Morita, O.; Tomine, K.

    2012-12-01

    This study evaluated the results of cloud seeding experiment conducted on 17th January, 2008, in western Kyushu, Japan, using simplified time-dependent ice crystal growth and trajectory cloud model, which is characterized by 1) depositional diffusion growth process only of an ice crystal, and 2) the pursuit of the growing ice crystal based on wind field and ice crystal terminal velocity. For the estimation of the ice crystal growth and trajectory, the model specifies ice supersaturation ratio that expresses the degree of competition growth among ice crystals formed by LC seeding for existing water vapor, assuming no effect of natural ice crystals. The model is based on ice crystal growth along a- and c-axes depending on air temperature and ice supersatuation, according to Chen and Lamb (1994). The cloud seeding experiment was conducted by applying homogeneous nucleation (rapid cooling of air mass and subsequent formation of many ice crystals~1013/g LC) of Liquid Carbon (LC) dioxide seeding under typical winter-type snowfall-inducing weather situation characterized by the outbreak of cold air masses from the Siberia. The result of aircraft horizontally-penetrating seeding of LC into lower layer (-2 degree C) of supercooled convective cloud with 1km thickness above the freezing level led to the formation of an artificially-induced 'isolated' radar echo (the left figures of Fig. 1) in dominant 'no-natural radar echo region'. In other words, natural biases were eliminated by the formation of the isolated radar echo. This fact provides the shortcut for evaluating the result of cloud seeding experiment. In the next, the observed cloud seeding results were evaluated by estimating the trajectory of artificially-induced growing ice crystal. The results show that the trajectory of artificial ice crystals depends on the degree of completion growth mode. Free growth brings rapid growth of an ice crystal and, therefore, the ice crystal falls into lower layers for a short time. On the other hand, as the degree of competition is higher, ice crystal growth and falling are slower. The result (the right figure of Fig. 1) showed that the movement of observed isolated radar echo formed after LC cloud seeding is closely related to the trajectories of artificially-induced ice crystals depending on the specification of ice supersaturation. Therefore, it was found that time-dependent ice crystal growth and trajectory model is a useful tool for the evaluation of cloud seeding results regardless of its simplification and many uncertain factors. Fig.1 The left figure shows the movement of isolated radar echo formed by LC seeding. The right figure shows the comparison between observed radar echo location and estimated ice crystal location.

  6. General equations for the motions of ice crystals and water drops in gravitational and electric fields

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    Nisbet, John S.

    1988-01-01

    General equations for the Reynolds number of a variety of types of ice crystals and water drops are given in terms of the Davies, Bond, and Knudsen numbers. The equations are in terms of the basic physical parameters of the system and are valid for calculating velocities in gravitational and electric fields over a very wide range of sizes and atmospheric conditions. The equations are asymptotically matched at the bottom and top of the size spectrum, useful when checking large computer codes. A numerical system for specifying the dimensional properties of ice crystals is introduced. Within the limits imposed by such variables as particle density, which have large deviations, the accuracy of velocities appears to be within 10 percent over the entire range of sizes of interest.

  7. Charge Transfer Process During Collision of Riming Graupel Pellet with Small Ice Crystals within a Thundercloud

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    Datta, Saswati; De, Utpal K.; Goswami, K.; Jones, Linwood

    1999-01-01

    A charge transfer process during the collision of a riming graupel pellet and an ice-crystal at low temperature is proposed. During riming, the surface structure of graupel deviates from perfect crystalline structure. A concept of quasi-solid layer (QSL) formation on the surface is introduced. This QSL contains defects formed during riming. In absence of impurities, positively charged X-defect abundance is considered in the outer layer. These defects are assumed to be the charge carriers during the charge transfer process. Some part of the QSL is stripped off by the colliding ice crystals, which thereby gain some positive charge, leaving the graupel pellet negatively charged. With the proposed model, fC to pC of charge transfer is observed per collision. A transition temperature between -10 C to -15 C is also noted beyond which the QSL concept does not hold. This transition temperature is dependent on the bulk liquid water content of the cloud.

  8. Possible Evidence for Crystallization of Astrophysical Ice Analogs by Heavy and Energetic Cosmic Rays

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    Pilling, S.; Seperuelo Duarte, E.; da Silveira, E. F.; Rothard, H.; Domaracka, A.; Boduch, P.

    2011-05-01

    We present an experimental study about the alteration of the 3300 cm-1 band (?_1 vibration mode) in the infrared spectra of water-rich ices due to the bombardments with heavy, highly-charged, and energetic ions (15.7 MeV 16O5+; 46 MeV 58Ni13+). The experiments simulate the physical chemistry as well possible morphological changes induced by heavy-ion cosmic rays at water-rich astrophysical ices. The measurements were performed inside a high vacuum chamber at the heavy-ion accelerator GANIL (Grand Accelerateur National d'Ions Lourds) in Caen, France. The experiments employed pure amorphous water ice and mixed H_2O:CO_2 amorphous ices at 13 K. In-situ analysis was performed by a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR) at different ion fluences. After the ion bombardment the center of this water band is shifted to lower frequencies (longer wavelength).We suggest this behavior may be attributed to the destruction of small water clusters (n=2,3), as well the production of larger clusters (n>5), both as a result of energy delivered by the fast ions (and its secondary electrons) along the neighborhood of the ion tracks inside the ices. The vibration of individual small water clusters are representative for the left wing of the ?_1 band in water ice while larger individual clusters are important for the right wing (lower energy). An experiment employing H_2O:CO_2 ice at 80 K, showing a small crystallization degree, does not show changes in the water ?_1 profile during the ion bombardment. The results suggest that a small degree of crystallization may be achieved in the amorphous astrophysical ices after the extensive bombardment with heavy and energetic ions. This may give us some clues about the crystalline water features observed at some cold regions in the interstellar medium such as the ices around young stellar objects, and also at some frozen surfaces of outer solar system bodies. Both regions are highly exposed to galactic cosmic rays.

  9. Backscatter ratios for arbitrary oriented hexagonal ice crystals of cirrus clouds.

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    Borovoi, Anatoli; Konoshonkin, Alexander; Kustova, Natalia

    2014-10-01

    Three dimensionless ratios widely used for interpretation of lidar signals, i.e., the color ratio, lidar ratio, and depolarization ratio, have been calculated for hexagonal ice crystals of cirrus clouds as functions of their spatial orientation. The physical-optics algorithm developed earlier by the authors is applied. It is shown that these ratios are minimal at the horizontal crystal orientation. Then these quantities increase with the effective tilt angle approaching the asymptotic values of the random particle orientation. The values obtained are consistent with the available experimental data. PMID:25360985

  10. Preparation for Scaling Studies of Ice-Crystal Icing at the NRC Research Altitude Test Facility

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    Struk, Peter M.; Bencic, Timothy J.; Tsao, Jen-Ching; Fuleki, Dan; Knezevici, Daniel C.

    2013-01-01

    This paper describes experiments conducted at the National Research Council (NRC) of Canadas Research Altitiude Test Facility between March 26 and April 11, 2012. The tests, conducted collaboratively between NASA and NRC, focus on three key aspects in preparation for later scaling work to be conducted with a NACA 0012 airfoil model in the NRC Cascade rig: (1) cloud characterization, (2) scaling model development, and (3) ice-shape profile measurements. Regarding cloud characterization, the experiments focus on particle spectra measurements using two shadowgraphy methods, cloud uniformity via particle scattering from a laser sheet, and characterization of the SEA Multi-Element probe. Overviews of each aspect as well as detailed information on the diagnostic method are presented. Select results from the measurements and interpretation are presented which will help guide future work.

  11. Sea Ice

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    In this resource, students will discover that there are notable differences between sea ice and fresh-water ice, such as density. In on segment, students learn that the first sign of freezing on the sea is an oily appearance of the water caused by the formation of needle-like crystals. The site explains the relationship between growth and the rate at which heat flows from the water and that the ice pack can alter its shape and dimension due to the movement of winds, currents, thermal expansion, and contraction of the ice. Types of ice described here include new ice, nilas, young ice, first-year ice, and old ice while the forms of ice covered include pancake ice, brash ice, ice cake, floe, and fast ice. The site also explains the meteorological and oceanographic factors that control the amount and movement of ice.

  12. Evaluation of Morphological Change and Aggregation Process of Ice Crystals in Frozen Food by Using Fractal Analysis

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    Koshiro, Yoko; Watanabe, Manabu; Takai, Rikuo; Hagiwara, Tomoaki; Suzuki, Toru

    Size and shape of ice crystals in frozen food materials are very important because they affect not only quality of foods but also the viability of industrial processing such as freeze-drying of concentration. In this study, 30%wt sucrose solution is used as test samples. For examining the effect of stabilizerspectine and xantan gum is added to the sucrose solution. They are frozen on the cold stage of microscope to be observed their growing ice crystals under the circumstance of -10°C. Their size and shape are measured and quantitatively evaluated by applying fractal analysis. lce crystal of complicated shape has large fractal dimension, and vice versa. It successflly categorized the ice crystals into two groups; one is a group of large size and complicated shape, and the other is a group of small size and plain shape. The critical crystal size between the two groups is found to become larger with increasing holding time. It suggests a phenomenological model for metamorphoses process of ice crystals. Further, it is indicated that xantan gum is able to suppress the smoothing of ice crystals.

  13. Ice

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    Harris, Kathryn Louise.

    When a chunk of ice "twice the size of Manhattan" broke away from the northernmost part of the Antarctic Peninsula in February, ice was at the forefront of scientific news. Now, with the spectacular discovery of bacteria in Antarctic ice and with new evidence of slush beneath the frozen surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, water in its frozen form is once again in the news. The discovery of living organisms in the Antarctic ecosystem, described in the June 26, 1998 issue of Science, is significant because it presents a model for "how life may have arisen and persisted on other worlds." Scientists speculate that if organisms can thrive in the hard ice of Antarctica, they may possibly have done so on Europa and Mars. Galileo's closest approach to Europa occurred on July 21, 1998, offering new images of ice in space. The nine sites listed offer insights and details of the recent findings and discoveries related to ice.

  14. Influence of particle aspect ratio on the midinfrared extinction spectra of wavelength-sized ice crystals.

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    Wagner, Robert; Benz, Stefan; Möhler, Ottmar; Saathoff, Harald; Schnaiter, Martin; Leisner, Thomas

    2007-12-20

    We have used the T-matrix method and the discrete dipole approximation to compute the midinfrared extinction cross-sections (4500-800 cm(-1)) of randomly oriented circular ice cylinders for aspect ratios extending up to 10 for oblate and down to 1/6 for prolate particle shapes. Equal-volume sphere diameters ranged from 0.1 to 10 microm for both particle classes. A high degree of particle asphericity provokes a strong distortion of the spectral habitus compared to the extinction spectrum of compactly shaped ice crystals with an aspect ratio around 1. The magnitude and the sign (increase or diminution) of the shape-related changes in both the absorption and the scattering cross-sections crucially depend on the particle size and the values for the real and imaginary part of the complex refractive index. When increasing the particle asphericity for a given equal-volume sphere diameter, the values for the overall extinction cross-sections may change in opposite directions for different parts of the spectrum. We have applied our calculations to the analysis of recent expansion cooling experiments on the formation of cirrus clouds, performed in the large coolable aerosol and cloud chamber AIDA of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe at a temperature of 210 K. Depending on the nature of the seed particles and the temperature and relative humidity characteristics during the expansion, ice crystals of various shapes and aspect ratios could be produced. For a particular expansion experiment, using Illite mineral dust particles coated with a layer of secondary organic matter as seed aerosol, we have clearly detected the spectral signatures characteristic of strongly aspherical ice crystal habits in the recorded infrared extinction spectra. We demonstrate that the number size distributions and total number concentrations of the ice particles that were generated in this expansion run can only be accurately derived from the recorded infrared spectra when employing aspect ratios as high as 10 in the retrieval approach. Remarkably, the measured spectra could also be accurately fitted when employing an aspect ratio of 1 in the retrieval. The so-deduced ice particle number concentrations, however, exceeded the true values, determined with an optical particle counter, by more than 1 order of magnitude. Thus, the shape-induced spectral changes between the extinction spectra of platelike ice crystals of aspect ratio 10 and compactly shaped particles of aspect ratio 1 can be efficiently balanced by deforming the true number size distribution of the ice cloud. As a result of this severe size/shape ambiguity in the spectral analysis, we consider it indispensable to cross-check the infrared retrieval results of wavelength-sized ice particles with independent reference measurements of either the number size distribution or the particle morphology. PMID:18004822

  15. Polarization lidar observations of backscatter phase matrices from oriented ice crystals and rain.

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    Hayman, Matthew; Spuler, Scott; Morley, Bruce

    2014-07-14

    Oriented particles can exhibit different polarization properties than randomly oriented particles. These properties cannot be resolved by conventional polarization lidar systems and are capable of corrupting the interpretation of depolarization ratio measurements. Additionally, the typical characteristics of backscatter phase matrices from atmospheric oriented particles are not well established. The National Center for Atmospheric Research High Spectral Resolution Lidar was outfitted in spring of 2012 to measure the backscatter phase matrix, allowing it to fully characterize the polarization properties of oriented particles. The lidar data analyzed here considers operation at 4°, 22° and 32° off zenith in Boulder, CO, USA (40.0°N,105.2°W). The HSRL has primarily observed oriented ice crystal signatures at lidar tilt angles near 32° off zenith which corresponds to an expected peak in backscatter from horizontally oriented plates. The maximum occurrence frequency of oriented ice crystals is measured at 5 km, where 2% of clouds produced significant oriented ice signatures by exhibiting diattenuation in their scattering matrices. The HSRL also observed oriented particle characteristics of rain at all three tilt angles. Oriented signatures in rain are common at all three tilt angles. As many as 70% of all rain observations made at 22° off zenith exhibited oriented signatures. The oriented rain signatures exhibit significant linear diattenuation and retardance. PMID:25090513

  16. Formation of Ice Crystals and Dissipation of Supercooled Fog by Artificial Nucleation, and Variations of Crystal Habit at Early Growth Stages.

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    Kumai, Motoi

    1982-04-01

    The early stages of ice crystal formation in supercooled fogs were studied in detail by electron microscopy, and ice nucleation experiments using liquid propane seeding were conducted in a thermostatically controlled coldroom. Ice crystals, formed by rapid cooling created by the evaporation of liquid propane from a fine nozzle at temperatures from 0.1 to 40°C, were collected and replicated on filmed grids for electron microscope examinations. Most of the ice crystals formed immediately after the liquid propane seedings were spherical (although 20% were hexagonal) with diameters ranging from 0.3 to 3 m and with a mean diameter of 1.5 m. Electron microscopy revealed a grain boundary in some of the ice crystals.The production rates of ice crystals per gram of liquid propane seeding were measured at temperatures from 0.1 to 20°C. The production rate increased exponentially at temperatures from 0.1 to 4°C, and remained at about 1011 ice crystals per gram of liquid propane seeding at temperatures below 5°C.Experiments of supercooled fog dissipation by liquid propane seeding were performed in the coldroom. The results showed that supercooled fog dissipation becomes effective at temperatures colder than 0.5°C.The habit of early stage ice crystals formed at temperatures from 0.1 to 40°C and 90 to 160°C was studied. Two basic types of hexagonal plates and columns were observed at temperatures from 22 to 40°C. A cold stage was used with the electron microscope to investigate the structure of the crystals formed at temperatures of 90 to 160°C. Plates were observed at 100°C, and were analyzed as having a hexagonal form by their electron diffraction patterns. Cubic forms of ice crystals were observed below 100°C.

  17. Kinetic pathways to the magnetic charge crystal in artificial dipolar spin ice

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    Chioar, I. A.; Canals, B.; Lacour, D.; Hehn, M.; Santos Burgos, B.; Mente?, T. O.; Locatelli, A.; Montaigne, F.; Rougemaille, N.

    2014-12-01

    We experimentally investigate magnetic frustration effects in thermally active artificial kagome spin ice. Starting from a paramagnetic state, the system is cooled down below the Curie temperature of the constituent material. The resulting magnetic configurations show that our arrays are locally brought into the so-called spin ice 2 phase, predicted by at-equilibrium Monte Carlo simulations and characterized by a magnetic charge crystal embedded in a disordered kagome spin lattice. However, by studying our arrays on a larger scale, we find the unambiguous signature of an out-of-equilibrium physics. Comparing our findings with numerical simulations, we interpret the efficiency of our thermalization procedure in terms of kinetic pathways that the system follows upon cooling and which drive the arrays into degenerate low-energy manifolds that are hardly accessible otherwise.

  18. Ice-crystal absorption: a comparison between theory and implications for remote sensing.

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    Baran, A J; Foot, J S; Mitchell, D L

    1998-04-20

    The problem of the disagreement between cirrus crystal sizes determined remotely and by in situ measurements is shown to be due to inappropriate application of Mie theory. We retrieved the absorption optical depth at 8.3 and 11.1 mum from 11 tropical anvil cirrus clouds, using data from the High Resolution Infrared Radiation Sounder (HIRS). We related the absorption optical depth ratio between the two wavelengths to crystal size (the size was defined in terms of the crystal median mass dimension) by assuming Mie theory applied to ice spheres and anomalous diffraction theory (ADT) applied to hexagonal columns, hexagonal plates, bullet rosettes, and aggregates (polycrystals). The application of Mie theory to retrievals yielded crystal sizes approximately one third those obtained with ADT. The retrievals of crystal size by use of HIRS data are compared with measurements of habit and crystal size obtained from in situ measurements of tropical anvil cirrus particles. The results of the comparison show that ADT provides the more realistic retrieval. Moreover, we demonstrate that at infrared wavelengths retrieval of crystal size depends on assumed habit. The reason why Mie theory predicts smaller sizes than ADT is shown to result from particle geometry and enhanced absorption owing to the capture of photons from above the edge of the particle (tunneling). The contribution of particle geometry to absorption is three times greater than from tunneling, but this process enhances absorption by a further 35%. The complex angular momentum and T-matrix methods are used to show that the contribution to absorption by tunneling is diminished as the asphericity of spheroidal particles is increased. At an aspect ratio of 6 the contribution to the absorption that is due to tunneling is substantially reduced for oblate particles, whereas for prolate particles the tunneling contribution is reduced by 50% relative to the sphere. PMID:18273143

  19. Cirrus clouds millimeter-wave reflectivity comparison with in-situ ice crystal airborne data

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    Morales, Jose; Trabal, Jorge; Cruz-Pol, Sandra L.; Sekelsky, Stephen M.

    2004-12-01

    In an effort to evaluate scattering models for particle size distributions of ice crystals within cirrus clouds, simultaneous data was collected in March 2000 during the Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Cloud Intensive operational period (Cloud IOP) at the Cloud and Radiation Testbed (CART) site in Lamont, Oklahoma. In situ measurements of ice particles were collected using the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Video Ice Particle Sampler (VIPS), which flew on the University of North Dakota Citation research aircraft. Ground-based vertical radar profiles were collected using the University of Massachusetts (UMass) 33GHz/95GHz Cloud Profiler Radar System (CPRS). Data from both sensors was used to retrieve and compare the equivalent radar reflectivity at Ka band (33GHz). The equivalent radar reflectivity measured by the ground-based, zenith-looking, CPRS radar at Ka band and compared to the reflectivity computed from the airborne VIPS samples of particle size distribution, N(D), using Mie theory. As anticipated the equivalent reflectivity of the radar and VIPS were similar at the time the UND Citation overflew the radar.

  20. Accurate simulation of the optical properties of atmospheric ice crystals with the invariant imbedding T-matrix method

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    Bi, Lei; Yang, Ping

    2014-05-01

    The invariant imbedding T-matrix method (II-TM) is employed to compute the optical properties of randomly oriented ice crystals of various shapes including hexagonal columns, hollow columns, droxtals, bullet rosettes and aggregates. The II-TM is shown to be numerically stable and capable of obtaining the single-scattering properties of hexagonal ice crystals with size parameters up to 150. The 22° and 46° halo peaks in the phase function of compact hexagonal ice crystals begin to emerge at a size parameter of approximately 80 and tend to become insensitive to particle size as the corresponding size parameter approaches 150. Furthermore, the II-TM solutions are shown to be in agreement with their counterparts based on the discrete dipole approximation (DDA) method and the pseudo-spectral time-domain (PSTD) method. In addition, the accuracy of the improved geometric-optics method (IGOM) is examined for randomly oriented hexagonal ice crystal cases over a wide size-parameter range from the resonant to geometric-optics regimes. The II-TM is also used to study the effects of particle surface roughness and internal inclusions on the single-scattering properties of ice particles.

  1. Role of small ice crystals in radiative properties of cirrus: A case study, FIRE II, November 22, 1991

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    Arnott, W. Patrick; Dong, Yayi; Hallett, John; Poellot, Michael R.

    1994-01-01

    Aircraft observations of cirrus cloud were made near Coffeyville, Kansas, during November 1991 as part of the First ISCCP Regional Experiment II (FIRE II) project. Cloud ice particle spectra measurements were made using both a particle measuring system (PMS) 2DC probe and an ice particle replicator. Particles larger than 200 micrometers were column rosettes. The replicator shows the presence of large numbers of ice crystals smaller than 66 micrometers (two PMS size bins) that are not recorded by the PMS 2DC probe. Calculations based on the replicator data of the geometrical blocked area and absorption cross section of the cloud per unit volume show that small particles can contribute significantly to and sometimes dominate both the solar extinction and the infrared emission. Intercomparison is made of the ice particle size, area, and mass distributions determined by these different instruments. Power law relationships for area occluded by a crystal as a function of crystal maximum dimension were computed from the PMS 2DC data. The wavelength-dependent infrared absorption cross section per volume was computed using a simple model based on anomalous diffraction and area and mass dimensional relationships for the ice crystals.

  2. Advanced Optical Diagnostics for Ice Crystal Cloud Measurements in the NASA Glenn Propulsion Systems Laboratory

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    Bencic, Timothy J.; Fagan, Amy; Van Zante, Judith F.; Kirkegaard, Jonathan P.; Rohler, David P.; Maniyedath, Arjun; Izen, Steven H.

    2013-01-01

    A light extinction tomography technique has been developed to monitor ice water clouds upstream of a direct connected engine in the Propulsion Systems Laboratory (PSL) at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC). The system consists of 60 laser diodes with sheet generating optics and 120 detectors mounted around a 36-inch diameter ring. The sources are pulsed sequentially while the detectors acquire line-of-sight extinction data for each laser pulse. Using computed tomography algorithms, the extinction data are analyzed to produce a plot of the relative water content in the measurement plane. To target the low-spatial-frequency nature of ice water clouds, unique tomography algorithms were developed using filtered back-projection methods and direct inversion methods that use Gaussian basis functions. With the availability of a priori knowledge of the mean droplet size and the total water content at some point in the measurement plane, the tomography system can provide near real-time in-situ quantitative full-field total water content data at a measurement plane approximately 5 feet upstream of the engine inlet. Results from ice crystal clouds in the PSL are presented. In addition to the optical tomography technique, laser sheet imaging has also been applied in the PSL to provide planar ice cloud uniformity and relative water content data during facility calibration before the tomography system was available and also as validation data for the tomography system. A comparison between the laser sheet system and light extinction tomography resulting data are also presented. Very good agreement of imaged intensity and water content is demonstrated for both techniques. Also, comparative studies between the two techniques show excellent agreement in calculation of bulk total water content averaged over the center of the pipe.

  3. A Numerical Study of the Effect of Electric Charges on the Efficiency with which Planar Ice Crystals Collect Supercooled Cloud Drops

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    J. J. Martin; P. K. Wang; H. R. Pruppacher; R. L. Pitter

    1981-01-01

    A theoretical model is presented which allows determination of the efficiency with which electrically charged, simple planar ice crystals collide with electrically charged supercooled cloud drops. The calculations are carried out for ice crystal plates of diameter between 100 and 1300 m colliding with cloud drops of diameters between 2 and 170 m. The electric charges Q (esu) residing on

  4. 162 J. Opt. Soc. Am. A/Vol. 12, No. 1/January 1995 P. Yang and K. N. Liou Light scattering by hexagonal ice crystals

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    Liou, K. N.

    of localized waves, from which the electric and magnetic fields at the particle surface (near field) can, scattering properties for more complex ice crystal shapes have also been determined by the geometric ray by hexagonal ice crystals: comparison of finite-difference time domain and geometric optics models Ping Yang

  5. Crystal growth investigations of ice/water interfaces from molecular dynamics simulations: Profile functions and average properties

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    Razul, M. S. Gulam; Kusalik, P. G.

    2011-01-01

    Attempts to simulate crystal growth of ice from liquid water and to provide a consistent microscopic description of this process have been challenging tasks. In this paper we have adapted our previously developed molecular dynamics simulation methodology to enable the investigation of steady-state directional crystal growth/melting of ice. Specifically, we examine ice/water systems of the (001), (110), and (111) faces of ice Ic and the (0001), (10bar 10), and (11bar 20) faces of ice Ih, where the TIP4P, TIP4P-Ew, and SPC/E water models have been utilized. The influence of different growth/melting conditions (temperature gradients and growth velocities) is investigated. Profile functions of properties of interest across the interface are obtained from nonequilibrium steady-state simulations and provide consistent descriptions of ice/water interfaces. The widths of the various crystallographic faces are found to increase in the apparent order Ic111, Ih0001 < Ih10bar 10 < Ih11bar 20 < Ic001 < Ic110. The observed growth rates were in agreement with experimental values and the possible dependence on the various faces is explored. The melting temperatures obtained with the present methodology for the different models are in good agreement with estimates from other work.

  6. Retrieval of cirrus optical thickness and assessment of ice crystal shape from ground-based imaging spectrometry

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    Schäfer, M.; Bierwirth, E.; Ehrlich, A.; Heyner, F.; Wendisch, M.

    2013-08-01

    A ground-based hyperspectral imaging spectrometer (AisaEAGLE, manufactured by Specim Ltd., Finland) is applied to measure downward spectral radiance fields with high spatial (1024 spatial pixels within 36.7° field of view), spectral (488 spectral pixels, 400-970 nm, 1.25 nm full width at half maximum), and temporal (4-30 Hz) resolution. The calibration, measurement and data evaluation procedures are introduced. A new method is presented to retrieve the cirrus optical thickness (?ci) using the spectral radiance data collected by AisaEAGLE. The data were collected during the Cloud Aerosol Radiation and tuRbulence of trade wInd cumuli over BArbados (CARRIBA) project in 2011. The spatial inhomogeneity of the investigated cirrus is characterised by the standard deviation of the retrieved ?ci as well as the width of its frequency distribution. By comparing measured and simulated downward solar spectral radiance as a function of scattering angle, some evidence of the prevailing cirrus ice crystal shape can be obtained and subsequently used to substantiate the retrieval of ?ci. The sensitivity of the retrieval method with respect to surface albedo, effective radius (reff), cloud height and ice crystal shape is quantified. An enhanced sensitivity of the retrieved ?ci is found with respect to the surface albedo (up to 30%) and ice crystal shape (up to 90%). The sensitivity with regard to the effective ice crystal radius (≤ 5%) and the cloud height (≤ 0.5%) is rather small and can be neglected.

  7. Final Report for "Improved Representations of Cloud Microphysics for Model and Remote Sensing Evaluation using Data Collected during ISDAC, TWP-ICE and RACORO

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    McFarquhar, Greg M. [University of Illinois] University of Illinois

    2003-06-11

    We were funded by ASR to use data collected during ISDAC and TWP-ICE to evaluate models with a variety of temporal and spatial scales, to evaluate ground-based remote sensing retrievals and to develop cloud parameterizations with the end goal of improving the modeling of cloud processes and properties and their impact on atmospheric radiation. In particular, we proposed to: 1) Calculate distributions of microphysical properties observed in arctic stratus during ISDAC for initializing and evaluating LES and GCMs, and for developing parameterizations of effective particle sizes, mean fall velocities, and mean single-scattering properties for such models; 2) Improve representations of particle sizes, fall velocities and scattering properties for tropical and arctic cirrus using TWP-ICE, ISDAC and M-PACE data, and to determine the contributions that small ice crystals, with maximum dimensions D less than 50 ?m, make to mass and radiative properties; 3) Study fundamental interactions between clouds and radiation by improving representations of small quasi-spherical particles and their scattering properties. We were additionally funded 1-year by ASR to use RACORO data to develop an integrated product of cloud microphysical properties. We accomplished all of our goals.

  8. T-1020 NaI crystal test for DM-Ice

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    Maruyama, Reina; Heeger, Karsten; Pierpoint, Zachary; Pettus, Walter; Broerman, Benjamin; Hilgenberg, Chris; Webber, David; /Wisconsin U., Madison

    2011-11-03

    This is a memorandum of understanding between the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) and the experiments of the NaI Crystal Test for DM-Ice from the University of Wisconsin who have committed to participate in detector tests to be carried out during the 2011-2012 Fermilab Neutrino program. The memorandum is intended primarily for the purpose of recording expectations for budget estimates and work allocations for Fermilab, the funding agencies and the participating institutions. It reflects an arrangement that currently is satisfactory to the parties; however, it is recognized and anticipated that changing circumstances of the evolving research program will necessitate revisions. The parties agree to modify this memorandum to reflect such required adjustments. Actual contractual obligations will be set forth in separate documents. The DM-Ice collaboration is designing a sodium-iodide (NaI) based detector for a direct dark matter search. The detectors should have low readout noise and background levels to carry out a sensitive search. A 17-kg version of the experiment is running at the South Pole, 2500 m deep in the Antarctic ice, and a large scale experiment is currently being designed. One of the keys to the success of the experiment is to have a good understanding of the background levels intrinsic in the NaI detectors. To measure the background level, the detectors have to be shielded against cosmic rays. The lead shielding used for DAMIC in the Minos Underground Areas is a well-suited location for this test since it offers enough overburden to shield against cosmic rays, lead shielding, and experimental infrastructure. The goal of the test is to assess the background levels in the detector and to assess the characteristics of phosphorescence induced by muons and 100 keV-3 MeV gamma rays.

  9. Convective Troposphere-Stratosphere Transport in the Tropics and Hydration by ice Crystals Geysers

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    Pommereau, J.

    2008-12-01

    Twenty-five years ago the suggestion was made by Danielsen of direct fast convective penetration of tropospheric air in the stratosphere over land convective systems. Although the existence of the mechanism is accepted, it was thought to be rare and thus its contribution to Troposphere-Stratosphere Transport (TST) of chemical species and water vapour at global scale unimportant at global scale. In contrast to this assumption, observations of temperature, water vapour, ice particles, long-lived tropospheric species during HIBISCUS, TROCCINOX and SCOUT-O3 over Brazil, Australia and Africa and more recently CALIPSO aerosols observations suggest that it is a general feature of tropical land convective regions in the summer. Particularly relevant to stratospheric water vapour is the observation of geyser like ice crystals in the TTL over overshooting events which may result in the moistening of the stratosphere. Although such events successfully captured by small scale Cloud-Resolving Models may have a significant impact on stratospheric ozone chemistry and climate, they are currently totally ignored by NWPs, CTMs and CCMs. Several recent balloon and aircraft observations of overshoots and CRM simulations will be shown illustrating the mechanism, as well as observations from a variety of satellites suggesting a significant impact at global scale.

  10. Estimation of cirrus cloud effective ice crystal shapes using visible reflectances from dual-satellite measurements

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    Chepfer, Helene; Minnis, Patrick; Young, David; Nguyen, Louis; Arduini, Robert F.

    2002-12-01

    This study develops and examines a multiangle, multisatellite method for determining effective cloud particle shapes from reflectances observed at visible wavelengths. The technique exploits the significant differences in the various cloud particle shape phase functions near the backscatter direction to infer particle shape from a combination of views from a near-backscatter angle and a side scattering angle. Adding-doubling calculations confirm that the optimal viewing combinations include one near-backscatter angle and another between 60° and 150°. Sensitivity to shape increases with solar zenith angle. A total of 28 collocated, visible images from pairs of currently operating meteorological satellites with the desired viewing combinations were analyzed for particle shape. Matching reflectances from images with optimal viewing angles clearly separates water droplet from ice crystal clouds. Reflectance pairs from matched pixels containing ice crystals can be explained by the range of selected microphysical models. The most common retrieved shapes correspond to combinations of hexagonal compacts (aspect ratio of unity), hexagonal columns, and bullet rosettes. Although no single microphysical model can account for the observed variability, taken together, the models used for retrieving cloud particle size by the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer Projects can account for most of the reflectance variability observed in this limited data set. Additional studies are needed to assess the uncertainties in retrieved shapes due to temporal and spatial mismatches, anisotropic and bright background reflectances, and calibration errors and to validate the retrieved shapes. While applicable to a limited number of dual-satellite viewing combinations for current research and operational meteorological satellites, this approach could be used most extensively to derive effective particle size, shape, and optical depth from a combination of an imaging satellite in an L1 orbit, like Triana, and any other lower Earth orbiting satellites.

  11. Estimation of Cirrus Cloud Effective Ice Crystal Shapes using Visible Reflectances from Dual-Satellite Measurements

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    Chepfer, Helene; Minnis, Patrick; Young, David; Nguyen, Louis; Arduini, Robert F.

    2002-01-01

    This study develops and examines a multiangle, multisatellite method for determining effective cloud particle shapes from reflectances observed at visible wavelengths. The technique exploits the significant differences in the various cloud particle shape phase functions near the backscatter direction to infer particle shape from a combination of views from a near-backscatter angle and a side scattering angle. Adding-doubling calculations confirm that the optimal viewing combinations include one near-backscatter angle and another between 60" and 150". Sensitivity to shape increases with solar zenith angle. A total of 28 collocated, visible images from pairs of currently operating meteorological satellites with the desired viewing combinations were analyzed for particle shape. Matching reflectances from images with optimal viewing angles clearly separates water droplet from ice crystal clouds. Reflectance pairs from matched pixels containing ice crystals can be explained by the range of selected microphysical models. The most common retrieved shapes correspond to combinations of hexagonal compacts (aspect ratio of unity), hexagonal columns, and bullet rosettes. Although no single microphysical model can account for the observed variability, taken together, the models used for retrieving cloud particle size by the Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer Projects can account for most of the reflectance variability observed in this limited data set. Additional studies are needed to assess the uncertainties in retrieved shapes due to temporal and spatial mismatches, anisotropic and bright background reflectances, and calibration errors and to validate the retrieved shapes. While applicable to a limited number of dual-satellite viewing combinations for current research and operational meteorological satellites, this approach could be used most extensively to derive effective particle size, shape, and optical depth from a combination of an imaging satellite in an L1 orbit, like Triana, and any other lower Earth orbiting Satellites.

  12. The peculiarities of water crystallization and ice melting processes in the roots of one-year plants (Plantago major L.).

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    Bakradze, N; Kiziria, E; Sokhadze, V; Gogichaishvili, S

    2008-01-01

    Results are presented of a water phase transition study in plantain (Plantago major L.) roots, which were used as a model system to research the peculiarities of water crystallization and ice melting processes in complex heterogeneous biological systems. It was confirmed that water in such systems is crystallized in two clearly distinguished temperature ranges: -10 to -25 degree capital ES, Cyrillic and -25 to -45 degree capital ES, Cyrillic. These water fractions are conditionally attributed to extracellular (-10 to -25 degree capital ES, Cyrillic) and intracellular (-25 to -45 degree capital ES, Cyrillic) solutions. A possible explanation is given for such significant supercooling of the intracellular solution. The values of osmotic pressures of extra- and intracellular solutions were determined according to ice melting curves. It is noted that the intracellular solution, which crystallized at lower temperatures, had a lower osmotic pressure. PMID:18754062

  13. Ice crystal habits from cloud chamber studies obtained by in-line holographic microscopy related to depolarization measurements.

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    Amsler, Peter; Stetzer, Olaf; Schnaiter, Martin; Hesse, Evelyn; Benz, Stefan; Moehler, Ottmar; Lohmann, Ulrike

    2009-10-20

    We investigate hydrometeor habits at the AIDA chamber with a newly developed in-line holographic microscope HOLographic Imager for Microscopic Objects (HOLIMO). Sizes and habits of ice crystals and droplets in a mixed-phase cloud experiment are related to relative humidity with respect to ice (RH(ice)), temperature (T), and experiment time. This experiment is initiated with supercooled water drops. As a result, ice crystals within a maximum particle diameter size range of 2 to 118 microm (average size of 19 microm) are detected and 63% of them reveal regular habits. The observed particle habits match those predicted for a given RH(ice) and T. Two different growth modes emerge from this cloud. The first one appears during water injection and reveals mainly optical particle sizes in the range of 5 to 250 microm. The second mode grows to sizes of 5 to 63 microm, just after the particles of the first one fall out. It is found that an increasing aspect ratio chi of maximum length over thickness from 2 to 20 as obtained by HOLIMO corresponds to a decreasing linear depolarization ratio from 0.1 to 0.04, as independently obtained by depolarization measurements. PMID:19844319

  14. Simulation of the Extinction Efficiency, the Absorption Efficiency and the Asymmetry Factor of Ice Crystals and Relevant Applications to the Study of Cirrus Cloud Radiative Properties

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    Lu, Kai

    2010-10-12

    The single-scattering properties of six non-spherical ice crystals, droxtals, plates, solid columns, hollow columns, aggregates and 6-branch bullet rosettes are simulated. The anomalous diffraction theory (ADT) is applied to the simulation...

  15. Layers of quasi-horizontally oriented ice crystals in cirrus clouds observed by a two-wavelength polarization lidar.

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    Borovoi, Anatoli; Balin, Yurii; Kokhanenko, Grigorii; Penner, Iogannes; Konoshonkin, Alexander; Kustova, Natalia

    2014-10-01

    Layers of quasi-horizontally oriented ice crystals in cirrus clouds are observed by a two-wavelength polarization lidar. These layers of thickness of several hundred meters are identified by three attributes: the backscatter reveals a sharp ridge while the depolarization ratio and color ratio become deep minima. These attributes have been justified by theoretical calculations of these quantities within the framework of the physical-optics approximation. PMID:25322032

  16. Application of ground-based hyperspectral imaging to retrieve ice crystal shape and fields of cirrus optical thickness

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    Schäfer, M.; Bierwirth, E.; Ehrlich, A.; Heyner, F.; Wendisch, M.

    2013-02-01

    A ground-based hyperspectral imaging spectrometer (AisaEAGLE) is applied to measure downward spectral radiance fields with high spatial (1024 spatial pixels within 36.7° field of view), spectral (488 spectral pixels, 400-970 nm, 1.25 nm full width at half maximum) and temporal (4-30 Hz) resolution. The calibration, measurement, and data evaluation procedures are introduced. A method is presented to retrieve the cirrus optical thickness ?ci using ground-based spectral radiance data collected by AisaEAGLE. On the basis of four measurement cases during the second campaign of the Cloud Aerosol Radiation and tuRbulence of trade wInd cumuli over BArbados (CARRIBA) project in 2011 the spatial inhomogeneity of the investigated cirrus is characterized by the standard deviation of the retrieved ?ci, as well as the width of the frequency distribution of the retrieved ?ci. By comparing measured and simulated downward solar radiance as a function of scattering angle, a first estimation of the detected cirrus ice crystal shape is given and used in the retrieval of the ?ci. The sensitivity of the retrieval method with respect to surface albedo, effective radius reff, cloud height, and ice crystal shape was characterized. Significant sensitivities of the retrieval method were found for the assumed surface albedo (up to 30%) and ice crystal shape (up to 90%). The sensitivity with regard to the effective radius (≤ 5%) and the cloud height (≤ 0.5%) is rather small and can be neglected.

  17. Tightly integrated single- and multi-crystal data collection strategy calculation and parallelized data processing in JBluIce beamline control system.

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    Pothineni, Sudhir Babu; Venugopalan, Nagarajan; Ogata, Craig M; Hilgart, Mark C; Stepanov, Sergey; Sanishvili, Ruslan; Becker, Michael; Winter, Graeme; Sauter, Nicholas K; Smith, Janet L; Fischetti, Robert F

    2014-12-01

    The calculation of single- and multi-crystal data collection strategies and a data processing pipeline have been tightly integrated into the macromolecular crystallographic data acquisition and beamline control software JBluIce. Both tasks employ wrapper scripts around existing crystallographic software. JBluIce executes scripts through a distributed resource management system to make efficient use of all available computing resources through parallel processing. The JBluIce single-crystal data collection strategy feature uses a choice of strategy programs to help users rank sample crystals and collect data. The strategy results can be conveniently exported to a data collection run. The JBluIce multi-crystal strategy feature calculates a collection strategy to optimize coverage of reciprocal space in cases where incomplete data are available from previous samples. The JBluIce data processing runs simultaneously with data collection using a choice of data reduction wrappers for integration and scaling of newly collected data, with an option for merging with pre-existing data. Data are processed separately if collected from multiple sites on a crystal or from multiple crystals, then scaled and merged. Results from all strategy and processing calculations are displayed in relevant tabs of JBluIce. PMID:25484844

  18. Effects of Ice-Crystal Structure on Halo Formation: Cirrus Cloud Experimental and Ray-Tracing Modeling Studies

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    Sassen, Kenneth; Knight, Nancy C.; Takano, Yoshihide; Heymsfield, Andrew J.

    1994-01-01

    During the 1986 Project FIRE (First International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project Regional Experiment) field campaign, four 22 deg halo-producing cirrus clouds were studied jointly from a ground-based polarization lidar and an instrumented aircraft. The lidar data show the vertical cloud structure and the relative position of the aircraft, which collected a total of 84 slides by impaction, preserving the ice crystals for later microscopic examination. Although many particles were too fragile to survive impaction intact, a large fraction of the identifiable crystals were columns and radial bullet rosettes, with both displaying internal cavitations and radial plate-column combinations. Particles that were solid or displayed only a slight amount of internal structure were relatively rare, which shows that the usual model postulated by halo theorists, i.e., the randomly oriented, solid hexagonal crystal, is inappropriate for typical cirrus clouds. With the aid of new ray-tracing simulations for hexagonal hollow-ended column and bullet-rosette models, we evaluate the effects of more realistic ice-crystal structures on halo formation and lidar depolarization and consider why the common halo is not more common in cirrus clouds.

  19. Midlatitude Cirrus Clouds Derived from Hurricane Nora: A Case Study with Implications for Ice Crystal Nucleation and Shape

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    Sassen, Kenneth; Arnott, W. Patrick; OCStarr, David; Mace, Gerald G.; Wang, Zhien; Poellot, Michael R.

    2002-01-01

    Hurricane Nora traveled up the Bala Peninsula coast in the unusually warm El Nino waters of September 1997, until rapidly decaying as it approached Southern California on 24 September. The anvil cirrus blowoff from the final surge of tropical convection became embedded in subtropical flow that advected the cirrus across the western US, where it was studied from the Facility for Atmospheric Remote Sensing (FARS) in Salt Lake City, Utah. A day later, the cirrus shield remnants were redirected southward by midlatitude circulations into the Southern Great Plains, providing a case study opportunity for the research aircraft and ground-based remote sensors assembled at the Clouds and Radiation Testbed (CART) site in northern Oklahoma. Using these comprehensive resources and new remote sensing cloud retrieval algorithms, the microphysical and radiative cloud properties of this unusual cirrus event are uniquely characterized. Importantly, at both the FARS and CART sites the cirrus generated spectacular optical displays, which acted as a tracer for the hurricane cirrus, despite the limited lifetimes of individual ice crystals. Lidar polarization data indicate widespread regions of uniform ice plate orientations, and in situ particle masticator data show a preponderance of pristine, solid hexagonal plates and columns. It is suggested that these unusual aspects are the result of the mode of cirrus particle nucleation, presumably involving the lofting of sea-salt nuclei in thunderstorm updrafts into the upper troposphere. This created a reservoir of haze particles that continued to produce halide-saltcontaminated ice crystals during the extended period of cirrus cloud maintenance. The reference that marine microliters are embedded in the replicas of ice crystals collected over the CART site points to the longevity of marine effects. Various nucleation scenarios proposed for cirrus clouds based on this and other studies, and the implications for understanding cirrus radiative properties or a global scale, are discussed.

  20. Influence of freezing conditions on ice crystallisation in ice cream

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    A. B. Russell; P. E. Cheney; S. D. Wantling

    1999-01-01

    Successful optimisation of the ice cream freezing process to deliver a product with small ice crystals, and therefore a smooth texture, requires an understanding of the mechanisms of ice crystallisation. The purpose of this work was to relate the processing variables available to the ice cream manufacturer to measured ice crystal size distributions, with a view to elucidating the dominant

  1. Numerical simulation of the flow fields around falling ice crystals with inclined orientation and the hydrodynamic torque

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    Hashino, Tempei; Chiruta, Mihai; Polzin, Dierk; Kubicek, Alexander; Wang, Pao K.

    2014-12-01

    The flow field and orientation of ice particles are fundamental information to understand cloud microphysical processes, optical phenomena, and electric-field induced orientation and to improve remote sensing of ice clouds. The purpose of this study is to investigate the flow fields and hydrodynamic torques of falling ice columns and hexagonal plates with their largest dimension inclined with respect to the airflow. The Reynolds numbers range from 2 to 70 for columns and 2 to 120 for plates. The flow fields are obtained by numerically solving the relevant Navier-Stokes equations under the assumption of air incompressibility. It was found that for the intermediate Reynolds number the streamlines around the inclined crystals exhibit less spiral rotation behind them than those around the stable posture. The vorticity magnitude was larger in the upstream side and broader in the downstream than the one without inclination. For plates, a high-pressure dome on the center of the lower basal face disappears with inclination, possibly leading to an increase of riming there. The torques acting on the crystals have a local maximum over the inclined angle and exhibit almost symmetric around 45° over the range of Reynolds numbers. The torque parameterization was performed under pressures of 300, 500, and 800 hPa as a function of Reynolds number and aspect ratio. It was found that the time scale of rotation for plates is smaller than the one for columns. Furthermore, the torque formula was applied to assess alignment of crystals along electric fields. It was found that these crystals of millimeter size require 120 kV/m for the electrical alignment, which agrees with previous studies.

  2. Lactose Crystallization in Ice Cream. IV. Factors Responsible for Reduced Incidence of Sandiness

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    T. A. Nickerson

    1962-01-01

    SUMMARY An explanation was sought for the virtual disappearance of sandiness from commercial ice cream. Only five of 36 commercial samples became sandy when stored seven months at 12 F. Nuclei formation was accelerated by drawing ice cream from freezers at low temperatures and hardening it rapidly. Partial sub- stitution of corn syrup solids for sucrose neither delayed the development

  3. Ice Cream

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    2014-01-28

    In this chemistry activity, learners use the lowered freezing point of water to chill another mixture (ice cream) to the solid state. Learners will record the temperature of the ice before and after mixing it with the ice cream ingredients and discover that adding a solute to a solvent lowers the freezing point of that solvent (also known as a colligative property). This activity can also be used to introduce learners to crystallization.

  4. Part A: Cirrus ice crystal nucleation and growth. Part B: Automated analysis of aircraft ice particle data

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    Arnott, William P.; Hallett, John; Hudson, James G.

    1995-01-01

    Specific measurement of cirrus crystals by aircraft and temperature modified CN are used to specify measurements necessary to provide a basis for a conceptual model of cirrus particle formation. Key to this is the ability to measure the complete spectrum of particles at cirrus levels. The most difficult regions for such measurement is from a few to 100 microns, and uses a replicator. The details of the system to automate replicator data analysis are given, together with an example case study of the system provided from a cirrus cloud in FIRE 2, with particles detectable by replicator and FSSP, but not 2DC.

  5. Dielectric constant adjustments in computations of the scattering properties of solid ice crystals using the Generalized Multi-particle Mie method

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    Lu, Yinghui; Aydin, Kültegin; Clothiaux, Eugene E.; Verlinde, Johannes

    2014-03-01

    Ice crystal scattering properties at microwave radar wavelengths can be modeled with the Generalized Multi-particle Mie (GMM) method by decomposing an ice crystal into a cluster of tiny spheres composed of solid ice. In this decomposition the mass distribution of the tiny spheres in the cluster is no longer equivalent to that in the original ice crystal because of gaps between the tiny spheres. To compensate for the gaps in the cluster representation of an ice crystal in the GMM computation of crystal scattering properties, the Maxwell Garnett approximation is used to estimate what the dielectric function of the tiny spheres (i.e., the inclusions) in the cluster must be to make the cluster of tiny spheres with associated air gaps (i.e., the background matrix) dielectrically equivalent to the original solid ice crystal. Overall, compared with the T-matrix method for spheroids outside resonance regions this approach agrees to within mostly 0.3 dB (and often better) in the horizontal backscattering cross section ?hh and the ratio of horizontal and vertical backscattering cross sections ?hh/?vv, and 6% for the amplitude scattering matrix elements Re{S22-S11} and Im{S22} in the forward direction. For crystal sizes and wavelengths near resonances, where the scattering parameters are highly sensitive to the crystal shape, the differences are generally within 1.2 dB for ?hh and ?hh/?vv, 20% for Re{S22-S11} and 6% for Im{S22}. The Discrete Dipole Approximation (DDA) results for the same spheroids are generally closer than those of GMM to the T-matrix results. For hexagonal plates the differences between GMM and the DDA at a W-band wavelength (3.19 mm) are mostly within 0.6 dB for ?hh, 1 dB for ?hh/?vv, 11% for Re{S22-S11} and 12% for Im{S22}. For columns the differences are within 0.3 dB for ?hh and ?hh/?vv, 8% for Re{S22-S11} and 4% for Im{S22}. This method shows higher accuracy than an alternative method that artificially increases the thickness of ice plates to provide the same mass as the original ice crystal.

  6. Freezing and melting behavior of an octyl ?-D-glucoside-water binary system--inhibitory effect of octyl ?-D-glucoside on ice crystal formation.

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    Ogawa, Shigesaburo; Asakura, Kouichi; Osanai, Shuichi

    2012-12-21

    Phase transition behavior of lyotropic liquid crystals of an octyl ?-D-glucoside (OG)-water binary system during ice freezing and melting was studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarizing optical microscopy (POM). Not the thermotropic, but the lyotropic phase transition due to the change of OG concentration during ice freezing and melting was observed. The concentration-temperature phase diagram of the binary system was constructed. Melting temperature of ice, T(m), lyotropic phase transition temperature, T(tr), and glass transition temperatures of unfrozen phases in the absence and presence of ice, T(g) and T(g)', were shown in the phase diagram. The phase diagram indicated that the OG aqueous system was concentrated to ca. 90-92 wt% by ice freezing and exhibited glass transition at T(g)'. An observation of the concentration-gradient specimen by the cryo-POM showed the evidence of the inhibitory effects of OG on nucleation and growth of ice crystals in the extremely high OG concentration system in which the lamellar liquid crystalline phase was formed. This study provided the importance of the influence of concentration change by ice freezing on the behaviour of the sugar-based surfactant-water system under low temperature conditions. PMID:23133837

  7. Influence of local surface albedo variability and ice crystal shape on passive remote sensing of thin cirrus

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    Fricke, C.; Ehrlich, A.; Jäkel, E.; Bohn, B.; Wirth, M.; Wendisch, M.

    2014-02-01

    Airborne measurements of solar spectral radiance reflected by cirrus are performed with the HALO-Solar Radiation (HALO-SR) instrument onboard the High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft (HALO) in November 2010. The data are used to quantify the influence of surface albedo variability on the retrieval of cirrus optical thickness and crystal effective radius. The applied retrieval of cirrus optical properties is based on a standard two-wavelength approach utilizing measured and simulated reflected radiance in the visible and near-infrared spectral region. Frequency distributions of the surface albedos from Moderate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite observations are used to compile surface-albedo-dependent lookup tables of reflected radiance. For each assumed surface albedo the cirrus optical thickness and effective crystal radius are retrieved as a function of the assumed surface albedo. The results for the cirrus optical thickness are compared to measurements from the High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL). The uncertainty in cirrus optical thickness due to local variability of surface albedo in the specific case study investigated here is below 0.1 and thus less than that caused by the measurement uncertainty of both instruments. It is concluded that for the retrieval of cirrus optical thickness the surface albedo variability is negligible. However, for the retrieval of crystal effective radius, the surface albedo variability is of major importance, introducing uncertainties up to 50%. Furthermore, the influence of the bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) on the retrieval of crystal effective radius was investigated and quantified with uncertainties below 10%, which ranges below the uncertainty caused by the surface albedo variability. The comparison with the independent lidar data allowed for investigation of the role of the crystal shape in the retrieval. It is found that if assuming aggregate ice crystals, the HSRL observations fit best with the retrieved optical thickness from HALO-SR.

  8. Supercooled Droplets and Ice Crystals in Mixed-Phase Clouds: Numerical Simulations Considering Isotropic Turbulence of the Ambient Flow Field

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    Siewert, Christoph; Kunnen, Rudie; Meinke, Matthias; Schröder, Wolfgang; Beheng, Klaus

    2013-04-01

    In midlatitudes the formation and evolution of precipitation is the result of a chain of processes taking place in mixed-phase clouds. Due to the coexistence of supercooled water drops and ice particles in such clouds mutual interactions by collisions, i.e. riming and aggregation, take place leading to ice hydrometeors of a large precipitation size. In the past these collision mechanisms have been investigated - besides laboratory measurements - by numerical simulations of the collision process where trajectories of the participating hydrometeors have been calculated as occurring in an environment at rest (Pruppacher and Klett, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 1997). However, as it is well-known the flow field in clouds is almost always turbulent (Siebert et al., Atmos. Res. 97 (2010) 426-437) except in undiluted updrafts of single strong convective clouds. And it has been argued that turbulence may enhance precipitation formation. As a consequence turbulence effects on the collisional interaction of cloud and other heavy particles came into focus during the last decade and gave rise to the description in terms of radial distribution function, mean radial relative velocity and the collection efficiency all derived from numerical simulations. Up to now mostly the turbulence influence on cloud droplet/cloud droplet collisions has been investigated (Ayala et al., New J. Phys. 10 (2008) 075015), (Bec et al., J. Fluid Mech. 646 (2010) 527-536). Much less is known about the influence of turbulence on particles in mixed phase clouds. This is mainly due to the various and complex shapes of the ice particles depending on the temperature, the supersaturation, and their life time. Hence, our knowledge about the behavior of ice crystals in turbulence is based on wind tunnel experiments. In the early stage ice crystals often have the shape of hexagonal plates or needles. In theoretical and numerical studies these are commonly approximated by ellipsoids. However, except in (Pinsky and Khain, Atmos. Res. 47-48 (1998) 69-86) only laminar flows have been considered so far. Therefore we have developed a numerical experiment with a novel setup (Kunnen et al., under review in Atmos. Res. (2013)). Therein synthetic turbulence is generated at the inflow and is then advected by a mean flow through the domain. The full Navier-Stokes equations are solved using a DNS method on an Eulerian Cartesian grid. The evolving decaying turbulence shares similarities with the grid-generated turbulence of wind tunnels. In this flow several million particle spheres as well as ellipsoids are advanced in a Lagrangian manner in order to represent the supercooled droplets and ice crystals out of a small region of a mixed-phase cloud. Statistics will be gathered about the orientation, the sedimentation velocities, the clustering, and the relative velocities of these particles. From this basis collision kernels can be calculated. These are input parameters for cloud models estimating the evolution of precipitation.

  9. Microbial production of ice crystals in clouds as a novel atmospheric biosignature

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    Santl-Temkiv, T.; Sahyoun, M.; Kjeldsen, H.; Ling, M.; Boesen, T.; Karlson, U. G.; Finster, K.

    2014-03-01

    A diverse assembly of exoplanets has been discovered during recent decades (Howard 2013), their atmospheres providing some of the most accessible evidence for the presence of biological activity on these planets. Metabolic gases have been commonly proposed as atmospheric biosignatures (Seager et al 2012). However, airborne microbes are also involved in cloud- and precipitation formation on Earth. Thus, meteorological phenomena may serve as alternative atmospheric biosignatures, for which appropriate observational techniques have yet to be developed. The atmospheric part of the Earth's water cycle heavily relies on the presence of nucleating particles, which promote the condensation and freezing of atmospheric water, both potentially leading to precipitation. While cloud condensation nuclei are diverse and relatively common, ice nuclei are poorly understood and comparably rare airborne particles. According to current knowledge, most ice nucleation below ñ15?C is driven by the presence of inorganic dust particles, which are considered inactive at higher temperatures. Biogenic IN are the only reported particles that promote ice formation above ñ10?C. Some bacteria, e.g. Pseudomonas syringae, produce Ice Nucleation Active (INA) proteins that are most efficient ice nuclei currently known. These INA bacteria are common in the atmosphere, and may thus be involved in precipitation processes of mixed phase clouds (Möhler et al 2007). We investigate the relevance of bacterial INA proteins for atmospheric processes using three approaches: (i) study of the presence of INA bacteria and their INA proteins in the atmosphere, (ii) a detailed molecular and physical study of isolated INA proteins, and finally (iii) a modeling study of the importance of INA proteins for ice-path in clouds as well as their importance for precipitation. During 14 precipitation events, we observed that 12% of isolated bacteria carried INA genes. INA bacteria had likely been emitted to the atmosphere from terrestrial surfaces, e.g. by convective transport. Additionally, we found INA biological fragments <220 nm in two precipitation samples (199, 482 INA per L), which indicates that in addition to intact cells, bacterial fragments that are more abundant than cells could also impact atmospheric processes. In order to study isolated INA proteins, we sequenced the INA gene from one of the isolated bacteria, Pseudomonas sp. R10.79. The INA gene will be expressed, purified and introduced into nano-discs. These INA nano-discs will facilitate a detailed molecular and physical study of INA proteins and its ice active properties. Most of modeling approaches rely on parameterizations based on classical nucleation theory, e.g. CH08 (Chen et al 2008), when introducing INA bacteria into climate models. Instead, we used an experimentally derived parameterization HAR13 (Hartmann et al 2013), when introducing bacteria into a 1-d operational weather forecast model HIRLAM (Unden et al 2002). By comparison HAR13 yields more ice and is more sensitive to the change of bacterial densities than CH08. While CH08 is a function of the size of the ice nuclei, HAR13 is a function of the number of INA protein complexes. INA protein complexes are the locations where the nucleation occurs and their number appears to be a more important parameter than cell size. We suggest that the study of individual INA proteins complexes both alone and on cell surfaces will lead to a better understanding of ice nucleation by INA bacteria.

  10. Isothermal Ice-Crystallization Kinetics in the Gas-Diffusion Layer of a Proton-Exchange-Membrane Fuel Cell

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    Dursch, Thomas J.; Ciontea, Monica A.; Radke, Clayton J.; Weber, Adam Z.

    2011-11-11

    Nucleation and growth of ice in the fibrous gas-diffusion layer (GDL) of a proton-exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) are investigated using isothermal differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Isothermal crystallization rates and pseudo-steady-state nucleation rates are obtained as a function of subcooling from heat-flow and induction-time measurements. Kinetics of ice nucleation and growth are studied at two polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) loadings (0 and 10 wt %) in a commercial GDL for temperatures between 240 and 273 K. A nonlinear icecrystallization rate expression is developed using Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov (JMAK) theory, in which the heat-transfer-limited growth rate is determined from the moving-boundary Stefan problem. Induction times follow a Poisson distribution and increase upon addition of PTFE, indicating that nucleation occurs more slowly on a hydrophobic fiber than on a hydrophilic fiber. The determined nucleation rates and induction times follow expected trends from classical nucleation theory. A validated rate expression is now available for predicting icecrystallization kinetics in GDLs.

  11. Crystal structure and encapsulation dynamics of ice II-structured neon hydrate.

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    Yu, Xiaohui; Zhu, Jinlong; Du, Shiyu; Xu, Hongwu; Vogel, Sven C; Han, Jiantao; Germann, Timothy C; Zhang, Jianzhong; Jin, Changqing; Francisco, Joseph S; Zhao, Yusheng

    2014-07-22

    Neon hydrate was synthesized and studied by in situ neutron diffraction at 480 MPa and temperatures ranging from 260 to 70 K. For the first time to our knowledge, we demonstrate that neon atoms can be enclathrated in water molecules to form ice II-structured hydrates. The guest Ne atoms occupy the centers of D2O channels and have substantial freedom of movement owing to the lack of direct bonding between guest molecules and host lattices. Molecular dynamics simulation confirms that the resolved structure where Ne dissolved in ice II is thermodynamically stable at 480 MPa and 260 K. The density distributions indicate that the vibration of Ne atoms is mainly in planes perpendicular to D2O channels, whereas their distributions along the channels are further constrained by interactions between adjacent Ne atoms. PMID:25002464

  12. Crystal structure and encapsulation dynamics of ice II-structured neon hydrate

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    Yu, Xiaohui; Zhu, Jinlong; Du, Shiyu; Xu, Hongwu; Vogel, Sven C.; Han, Jiantao; Germann, Timothy C.; Zhang, Jianzhong; Jin, Changqing; Francisco, Joseph S.; Zhao, Yusheng

    2014-01-01

    Neon hydrate was synthesized and studied by in situ neutron diffraction at 480 MPa and temperatures ranging from 260 to 70 K. For the first time to our knowledge, we demonstrate that neon atoms can be enclathrated in water molecules to form ice II-structured hydrates. The guest Ne atoms occupy the centers of D2O channels and have substantial freedom of movement owing to the lack of direct bonding between guest molecules and host lattices. Molecular dynamics simulation confirms that the resolved structure where Ne dissolved in ice II is thermodynamically stable at 480 MPa and 260 K. The density distributions indicate that the vibration of Ne atoms is mainly in planes perpendicular to D2O channels, whereas their distributions along the channels are further constrained by interactions between adjacent Ne atoms. PMID:25002464

  13. Magnetic vortex crystal formation in the antidot complement of square artificial spin ice

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    de Araujo, C. I. L.; Silva, R. C.; Ribeiro, I. R. B.; Nascimento, F. S.; Felix, J. F.; Ferreira, S. O.; Mól, L. A. S.; Moura-Melo, W. A.; Pereira, A. R.

    2014-03-01

    We have studied ferromagnetic nickel thin films patterned with square lattices of elongated antidots that are negative analogues of square artificial spin ice. Micromagnetic simulations and direct current magnetic moment measurements reveal in-plane anisotropy of the magnetic hysteresis loops, and the formation of a dense array of magnetic vortices with random polarization and chirality. These multiply-connected antidot arrays could be superior to lattices of disconnected nanodisks for investigations of vortex switching by applied electric current.

  14. Magnetic vortex crystal formation in the antidot complement of square artificial spin ice

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    Araujo, C. I. L. de, E-mail: dearaujo@ufv.br; Silva, R. C.; Ribeiro, I. R. B.; Nascimento, F. S.; Felix, J. F.; Ferreira, S. O.; Moura-Melo, W. A.; Pereira, A. R. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Viçosa 36570-900, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Mól, L. A. S. [Departamento de Física, ICEx, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte 31270-901, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

    2014-03-03

    We have studied ferromagnetic nickel thin films patterned with square lattices of elongated antidots that are negative analogues of square artificial spin ice. Micromagnetic simulations and direct current magnetic moment measurements reveal in-plane anisotropy of the magnetic hysteresis loops, and the formation of a dense array of magnetic vortices with random polarization and chirality. These multiply-connected antidot arrays could be superior to lattices of disconnected nanodisks for investigations of vortex switching by applied electric current.

  15. Chemical Characterization of Individual Particles and Residuals of Cloud Droplets and Ice Crystals Collected On Board Research Aircraft in the ISDAC 2008 Study

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    Hiranuma, Naruki; Brooks, Sarah D.; Moffet, Ryan C.; Glen, Andrew; Laskin, Alexander; Gilles, Marry K.; Liu, Peter; MacDonald, A. M.; Strapp, J. Walter; McFarquhar, Greg

    2013-06-24

    Although it has been shown that size of atmospheric particles has a direct correlation with their ability to act as cloud droplet and ice nuclei, the influence of composition of freshly emitted and aged particles in nucleation processes is poorly understood. In this work we combine data from field measurements of ice nucleation with chemical imaging of the sampled particles to link aerosol composition with ice nucleation ability. Field measurements and sampling were conducted during the Indirect and Semidirect Aerosols Campaign (ISDAC) over Barrow, Alaska, in the springtime of 2008. In-situ ice nucleation measurements were conducted using a Continuous Flow Diffusion Chamber (CFDC). Measured number concentrations of ice nuclei (IN) varied from frequent values of 0.01 per liter to more than 10 per liter. Residuals of airborne droplets and ice crystals were collected through a counterflow virtual impactor (CVI). The compositions of individual atmospheric particles and the residuals were studied using Computer Controlled Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis (CCSEM/EDX) and Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy coupled with Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy (STXM/NEXAFS). Chemical analysis of cloud particle residuals collected during an episode of high ice nucleation suggests that both size and composition may influence aerosol's ability to act as IN. The STXM/NEXAFS chemical composition maps of individual residuals have characteristic structures of either inorganic or black carbon cores coated by organic materials. In a separate flight, particle samples from a biomass burning plume were collected. Although it has previously been suggested that episodes of biomass burning contribute to increased numbers of highly effective ice nuclei, in this episode we observed that only a small fraction were effective ice nuclei. Most of the particles from the biomass plume episode were smaller in size and were composed of homogeneous organic material without identifiable cores.

  16. Impact of ice crystal habit on the parameterization of cloud microphysical properties when using 94ghz polarimetric scanning cloud radar during STORMVEX

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    Hammonds, Kevin Don

    Through the analysis of scanning polarimetric W-band cloud radar data collected during STORMVEX, an algorithm has been developed to both identify and parameterize various ice crystal habits present within mixed-phase clouds. Armed with a unique dataset, the development of the algorithm took advantage of a slant 45° linear depolarization ratio (SLDR) measurement that was made as a function of the radar elevation angle when in range height indicator (RHI) scanning mode. This measurement technique proved to be invaluable in that it limited the influence of the particle's maximum dimension on the measured depolarization, which instead became more a function of the ice particle's shape. Validated through in situ measurements; pristine dendrites, lightly rimed dendrites, rimed stellar crystals, aggregates of dendrites, columns, and graupel particles were identified and matched with specific SLDR signatures. With a known ice particle habit and SLDR signature, the ice particle habit identification segment of the newly developed algorithm was then applied to the entire dataset consisting of 38,190 individual scans, in order to identify ice particle habits at a combined 849,745 range-heights and scanning angles. Through this analysis and the use of a chi-square test statistic, the predominant ice particle habit could be determined. Of primary interest in this study were the parameterizations of the ice particle mass and radar backscatter cross section. Through the modeling of the chosen ice particle habit as an oblate spheroid, these parameterizations were carried out in part by relying on previously published empirical studies as well as T-matrix scattering calculations of oblate spheroids composed of an ice/air mixture. Due to the computational expense of T-matrix calculations, however, a new T-matrix scaling factor was derived from the Clausius-Mossotti relation, which relates the refractive index of a material to its polarizability. With this scaling factor, new T-matrix results could be found, still functions of ice particle mass and shape. Using this new parameterization scheme, a radar-based cloud microphysical property retrieval algorithm was then executed for two cases and compared to generic parameterizations. Results show that the potential difference in the retrieved microphysical properties for the generic versus the ice particle habit-based parameterization could be as high as a factor of two.

  17. Measurement of the size of intracellular ice crystals in mouse oocytes using a melting point depression method and the influence of intracellular solute concentrations

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    Han, Xu; Critser, John K.

    2009-01-01

    Characterization of intracellular ice formed during the cooling procedures of cells significantly benefits the development and optimization design of cryopreservation or cryosurgery techniques. In this study, we investigated the influence of the concentration of extracellular non-permeable and permeable solutes on the melting points of the intracellular ice in mouse oocytes using cryomicroscopy. The results showed that the melting points of the intracellular ice are always lower than the extracellular ice. Based on this observation and the Gibbs-Thomson relation, we established a physical model to calculate the size of intracellular ice crystals and described its relationship with the concentrations of intracellular permeating solutes and macromolecules. This model predicts that the increased concentration of macromolecules in cells, by increasing the extracellular non-permeating solute concentration, can significantly lower the required concentration of permeable solutes for intracellular vitrification. The prediction was tested through the cryomicroscopic observation of the co-existence of intracellular vitrification and extracellular crystallization during cooling at 100°C/min when the extracellular solutions contain 5 molal (m) ethylene glycol and 0.3 to 0.6 m NaCl. PMID:19729005

  18. The Cloud Particle Spectrometer with Polarization Detection (CPSPD): A next generation open-path cloud probe for distinguishing liquid cloud droplets from ice crystals

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    Baumgardner, Darrel; Newton, Roy; Krämer, Martina; Meyer, Jessica; Beyer, Alexander; Wendisch, Manfred; Vochezer, Paul

    2014-06-01

    The differentiation of small water droplets and ice crystals by in situ measurements, in the size range < 50 ?m, remains a challenge and the lack of such measurements is an obstacle to progress in understanding ice formation in clouds. A new microphysical instrument, the Cloud Particle Spectrometer with Polarization Detection (CPSPD), has been developed that measures light intensity scattered (in forward and backward directions) by individual cloud particles that pass through a focused laser beam and derives their size and thermodynamic phase (liquid or ice) in the optical diameter range from 2 to 50 ?m. The optical equivalent diameter is derived from the light scattered in the forward direction. The change in polarization state of the incident light, caused by interaction with the cloud particle, is determined from the polarized components of the backscattered light. The CPSPD, along with several other cloud microphysical probes, has been flown on the University of North Dakota Citation aircraft in mixed phase clouds. It has also been deployed and operated at the Zugspitze research station studying mountain clouds. The preliminary results show that liquid cloud droplets can be distinguished from ice crystals and that the ice fraction can be estimated; an important parameter for better understanding of cloud processes, particularly that of glaciation.

  19. Recrystallization of ice during bulk storage of ice cream

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    Daniel P. Donhowe; Richard W. Hartel

    1996-01-01

    Ice recrystallization was studied in 1.9 L containers of ice cream stored so that surface temperature of ice cream was controlled with fluctuations of ±1.0 °C. Core and surface samples were taken at regular intervals and analyzed for ice crystal size by cold-stage microscopy and image analysis. Mean ice crystal size plotted vs. time0.33 resulted in a straight line, with

  20. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of an ice-binding protein (FfIBP) from Flavobacterium frigoris PS1.

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    Do, Hackwon; Lee, Jun Hyuck; Lee, Sung Gu; Kim, Hak Jun

    2012-07-01

    Ice growth in a cold environment is fatal for polar organisms, not only because of the physical destruction of inner cell organelles but also because of the resulting chemical damage owing to processes such as osmotic shock. The properties of ice-binding proteins (IBPs), which include antifreeze proteins (AFPs), have been characterized and IBPs exhibit the ability to inhibit ice growth by binding to specific ice planes and lowering the freezing point. An ice-binding protein (FfIBP) from the Gram-negative bacterium Flavobacterium frigoris PS1, which was isolated from the Antarctic, has recently been overexpressed. Interestingly, the thermal hysteresis activity of FfIBP was approximately 2.5?K at 50?µM, which is ten times higher than that of the moderately active IBP from Arctic yeast (LeIBP). Although FfIBP closely resembles LeIBP in its amino-acid sequence, the antifreeze activity of FfIBP appears to be much greater than that of LeIBP. In an effort to understand the reason for this difference, an attempt was made to solve the crystal structure of FfIBP. Here, the crystallization and X-ray diffraction data of FfIBP are reported. FfIBP was crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method with 0.1?M sodium acetate pH 4.4 and 3?M sodium chloride as precipitant. A complete diffraction data set was collected to a resolution of 2.9?Å. The crystal belonged to space group P4(1)22, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 69.4, c = 178.2?Å. The asymmetric unit contained one monomer. PMID:22750870

  1. Remote sensing of ice crystal asymmetry parameter using multi-directional polarization measurements - Part 2: Application to the Research Scanning Polarimeter

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    van Diedenhoven, B.; Cairns, B.; Fridlind, A. M.; Ackerman, A. S.; Garrett, T. J.

    2013-03-01

    A new method to retrieve ice cloud asymmetry parameters from multi-directional polarized reflectance measurements is applied to measurements of the airborne Research Scanning Polarimeter (RSP) obtained during the CRYSTAL-FACE campaign in 2002. The method assumes individual hexagonal ice columns and plates serve as proxies for more complex shapes and aggregates. The closest fit is searched in a look-up table of simulated polarized reflectances computed for cloud layers that contain individual, randomly oriented hexagonal columns and plates with a virtually continuous selection of aspect ratios and distortion. The asymmetry parameter, aspect ratio and distortion of the hexagonal particle that leads to the best fit with the measurements are considered the retrieved values. Two cases of thick convective clouds and two cases of thinner anvil cloud layers are analyzed. Median asymmetry parameters retrieved by the RSP range from 0.76 to 0.78, and are generally smaller than those currently assumed in most climate models and satellite retrievals. In all cases the measurements indicate roughened or distorted ice crystals, which is consistent with previous findings. Retrieved aspect ratios in three of the cases range from 0.9 to 1.6, indicating compact particles dominate the cloud-top shortwave radiation. Retrievals for the remaining case indicate plate-like ice crystals with aspect ratios around 0.3. The RSP retrievals are qualitatively consistent with the CPI images obtained in the same cloud layers. Retrieved asymmetry parameters are compared to those determined in situ by the Cloud Integrating Nephelometer (CIN). For two cases, the median values of asymmetry parameter retrieved by CIN and RSP agree within 0.01, while for the two other cases RSP asymmetry parameters are about 0.03-0.05 greater than those obtained by the CIN. Part of this bias might be explained by vertical variation of the asymmetry parameter or ice shattering on the CIN probe, or both.

  2. Ice forming experiment

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    Vali, G.

    1982-01-01

    A low gravity experiment to assess the effect of the presence of supercooled cloud droplets on the diffusional growth rate of ice crystals is described. The theoretical work and the feasibility studies are summarized. The nucleation of ice crystals in supercooled clouds is also discussed.

  3. On the characterization of crystallization and ice adhesion on smooth and rough surfaces using molecular dynamics

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    Singh, Jayant K.; Müller-Plathe, Florian

    2014-01-01

    Coarse-grained molecular dynamics is utilized to quantify the behavior of a supercooled water drop on smooth and rough surfaces. Crystallization on rough surface is characterized based on wetting states. Freezing temperature and work of adhesion of water droplet are linearly associated with roughness parameters corresponding to the Cassie-Baxter and Wenzel states. The behavior is insensitive to different surface-fluid affinity. We show in general, for Wenzel states, work of adhesion is higher than that of Cassie-Baxter state for surfaces that have identical freezing temperatures.

  4. MEAT, POULTRY, Still contains ice

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    Liskiewicz, Maciej

    MEAT, POULTRY, SEAFOOD Still contains ice crystals and feels as cold, there will be some texture and Clavor loss. Discard DAIRY Still contains ice crystals and feels Ice cream, frozen yogurt Discard Discard Cheese (soft and semi-soft) Refreeze. May

  5. Ice is a Mineral

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    2012-08-03

    This is a lesson about the characteristics of ice as a mineral and how it compares to other minerals with respect to hardness. Learners will observe ice crystals, develop a hardness scale and position ice on it. Learners will also practice working collaboratively in a team. Activities include small group miming, speaking, drawing, and/or writing. This is lesson 3 of 12 in the unit, Exploring Ice in the Solar System.

  6. Ice recrystallization inhibition in ice cream by propylene glycol monostearate.

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    Aleong, J M; Frochot, S; Goff, H D

    2008-11-01

    The effectiveness of propylene glycol monostearate (PGMS) to inhibit ice recrystallization was evaluated in ice cream and frozen sucrose solutions. PGMS (0.3%) dramatically reduced ice crystal sizes in ice cream and in sucrose solutions frozen in a scraped-surface freezer before and after heat shock, but had no effect in quiescently frozen solutions. PGMS showed limited emulsifier properties by promoting smaller fat globule size distributions and enhanced partial coalescence in the mix and ice cream, respectively, but at a much lower level compared to conventional ice cream emulsifier. Low temperature scanning electron microscopy revealed highly irregular crystal morphology in both ice cream and sucrose solutions frozen in a scraped-surface freezer. There was strong evidence to suggest that PGMS directly interacts with ice crystals and interferes with normal surface propagation. Shear during freezing may be required for its distribution around the ice and sufficient surface coverage. PMID:19021802

  7. Crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic studies of the ice-binding protein from the Arctic [correction of Aantarctic] yeast Leucosporidium sp. AY30.

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    Park, Ae Kyung; Park, Kyoung Sun; Kim, Hak Jun; Park, Hyun; Ahn, In Young; Chi, Young Min; Moon, Jin Ho

    2011-07-01

    Freezing is dangerous to cellular organisms because it causes an increase in the concentration of ions and other solutes in the plasma, denatures biomolecules and ruptures cell membranes. Some cold-adapted organisms can survive at subzero temperatures by producing proteins that bind to and inhibit the growth of ice crystals. To better understand the structure and function of these proteins, the ice-binding protein from Leucosporidium sp. AY30 (LeIBP) was overexpressed, purified and crystallized. The native crystal belonged to space group P4(3)2(1)2, with unit-cell parameters a=b=98.05, c=106.13?Å. Since LeIBP lacks any cysteine or methionine residues, two leucine residues (Leu69 and Leu155) were substituted by methionine residues in order to obtain selenomethionine-substituted LeIBP for use in multiple-wavelength anomalous diffraction (MAD) phasing. The selenomethionine-substituted mutant crystallized in the same space group as the native protein. PMID:21795798

  8. Remote sensing of ice crystal asymmetry parameter using multi-directional polarization measurements - Part 2: Application to the Research Scanning Polarimeter

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    van Diedenhoven, B.; Cairns, B.; Fridlind, A. M.; Ackerman, A. S.; Garrett, T. J.

    2012-12-01

    A new method to retrieve ice cloud asymmetry parameters from multi-directional polarized reflectance measurements is applied to measurements of the airborne Research Scanning Polarimeter (RSP) obtained during the CRYSTAL-FACE campaign in 2002. The method assumes individual hexagonal ice columns and plates serve as proxies for more complex shapes and aggregates. The closest fit is searched in a look-up table of simulated polarized reflectances computed for cloud layers that contain individual, randomly oriented hexagonal columns and plates with a virtually continuous selection of aspect ratios and distortion. The asymmetry parameter, aspect ratio and distortion of the hexagonal particle that leads to the best fit with the measurements are considered the retrieved values. Two cases of thick convective clouds and two cases of thinner anvil cloud layers are analyzed. Median asymmetry parameters retrieved by the RSP range from 0.76 to 0.78, and are generally smaller that those currently assumed in most climate models and satellite retrievals. In all cases the measurements indicate roughened ice crystals, which is consistent with previous findings. Retrieved aspect ratios in three of the cases range from 0.9 to 1.6, indicating compact particles dominate the cloud-top shortwave radiation. Retrievals for the remaining case indicate plate-like ice crystals with aspect ratios around 0.3. The RSP retrievals are qualitatively consistent with the CPI images obtained in the same cloud layers. Retrieved asymmetry parameters are compared to those determined in situ by the Cloud Integrating Nephelometer (CIN). For two cases, the median values of asymmetry parameter retrieved by CIN and RSP agree within 0.01, while for the two other cases RSP asymmetry parameters are about 0.03-0.05 greater than those obtained by the CIN. Part of this bias might be explained by vertical variation of the asymmetry parameter.

  9. Ice crystal concentrations in wave clouds: dependencies on temperature, D>0.5 ?m aerosol particle concentration and duration of cloud processing

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    Peng, L.; Snider, J. R.; Wang, Z.

    2014-10-01

    Model equations used to either diagnose or prognose the concentration of heterogeneously nucleated ice crystals depend on combinations of cloud temperature, aerosol properties, and elapsed time of supersaturated-vapor or supercooled-liquid conditions. The validity of these equations is questioned. For example, there is concern that practical limitations on aerosol particle time-of-exposure to supercooled-liquid conditions, within ice nucleus counters, can bias model equations that have been constrained by ice nuclei (IN) measurements. In response to this concern, this work analyzes airborne measurements of crystals made within the downwind glaciated portions of middle-tropospheric wave clouds. A streamline model is used to connect a measurement of aerosol concentration, made upwind of a cloud, to a downwind ice crystal (IC) concentration. Four parameters were derived for 80 streamlines: (1) minimum cloud temperature along the streamline, (2) aerosol particle concentration (diameter, D>0.5 ?m) measured within ascending air, upwind of the cloud, (3) IC concentration measured in descending air downwind, and (4) the duration of water-saturated conditions along the streamline. The latter are between 38 to 507 s and the minimum temperatures are between -34 to -14 °C. Values of minimum temperature, D>0.5 ?m aerosol concentration and IC concentration were fitted using the equation developed for IN by DeMott et al. (2010; D10). Overall, there is reasonable agreement among measured IC concentrations, IN concentrations derived using D10's fit equation, and IC concentrations derived by fitting the wave cloud measurements with the equation developed by D10.

  10. Detection of the Impact of Ice Crystal Accretion in an Aircraft Engine Compression System During Dynamic Operation

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    May, Ryan D.; Simon, Donald L.; Guo, Ten-Huei

    2014-01-01

    The accretion of ice in the compression system of commercial gas turbine engines operating in high ice water content conditions is a safety issue being studied by the aviation community. While most of the research focuses on the underlying physics of ice accretion and the meteorological conditions in which accretion can occur, a systems-level perspective on the topic lends itself to potential near-term operational improvements. Here a detection algorithm is developed which has the capability to detect the impact of ice accretion in the Low Pressure Compressor of an aircraft engine during steady flight as well as during changes in altitude. Unfortunately, the algorithm as implemented was not able to distinguish throttle changes from ice accretion and thus more work remains to be done.

  11. Flow in Polycrystalline Ice

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    Chris Wilson

    This is a virtual journal article about polycrystalline ice. It focuses on plastic deformation, specific flow characteristics and crystallographic preferred orientations associated with polycrystalline ice within glaciers. Part I covers Polycrystalline aggregates deformed in pure-shear; Dynamic recrystallisation; Grain shape and preferred orientation change; Fabric; Evolution of glacial ice during deformation. Part II covers: Time lapse photography; Glaciers; Dislocations; Bernal-Fowler rule; Generation of defect structures; Crystal structure; Ice; Basal glide; Strain rate for glide on basal systems; Critical resolved shear stress; Non-basal glide; Diffusional flow; Plastic deformation; Primary creep; Secondary creep; Tertiary creep; Deformation maps; Grain growth; Grain size reduction; Anisotropic flow law for ice.

  12. Examining Crystal Fabric Develoment in Ice: Cryo EBSD, Deformation Experiments and the Link to En-glacial Reflectivity

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    Vaughan, Matthew; Prior, David; Seidemann, Meike; Gorman, Andrew; Lilly, Kat; Langhorne, Pat; Easingwood, Richard; Golding, Narayana; Durham, Bill

    2014-05-01

    Over the past few years, cryogenic electron back-scatter diffraction (Cryo-EBSD) has been increasingly used to examine micro-structures in both natural and experimentally deformed ice samples on a micron-scale. Experiments that investigate grain size-sensitive behavior require working on fine-grained ice. These samples present a number of experimental challenges. Issues that present particular difficulties include stable mounting of ice samples, transport of mounted samples and producing a planar, frost-free and damage-free surface. Recent work at the new Otago Ice Deformation Lab has led to the development of a number of experimental methods that help overcome these challenges and enable routine EBSD analysis of fine-grained ice. A brief outline of these experimental methods and some EBSD results from variably deformed ice samples will be presented. Shear deformation experiments on polycrystalline ice are being conducted in order to further explore the relationships between deformation, processes of recrystallization, and the development of anisotropic fabrics that lead to en-glacial seismic reflections. Self-contained, refrigerated deformation units fitted with digital controllers and hardware have been designed for unconfined deformation experiments on polycrystalline synthetic ice. Methods of analysis, from time-lapse photography to random-point tracking, are being employed for monitoring strain in real time. Various methods have been explored for monitoring the development of anisotropic fabrics in ice during progressive deformation. Ultra-sonic transducers can be used to monitor wave velocity changes in various orientations in materials under strain. These experiments have been designed with the objective of quantifying the relationship between deformation fabrics and en-glacial seismic reflectivity observed in thick grounded ice sheets.

  13. Comparison of the ray-tracing and beam-tracing methods in the problem of light scattering by ice crystals of cirrus clouds

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    Kustova, Natalia V.; Konoshonkin, Alexander V.; Borovoi, Anatoli G.

    2014-11-01

    Comparison of two approaches within the framework of geometric optics, called the ray-tracing and beam-tracing methods, is considered in application to the problem of light scattering by ice crystal particles of cirrus clouds. A good conformity between the numerical data obtained by these algorithms is demonstrated. The computer time spent for the calculations by these algorithms is analyzed depending on spatial orientations of the particles. It is shown that the beamtracing methods exceeds its counterpart at small number of reflection/refraction events (up to 5) while the situation becomes opposite if this number is larger than 5.

  14. Crystals

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    Lawrence Hall of Science

    2009-01-01

    In this earth science/math/art activity, learners use simple ingredients to grow crystals and examine the repeating geometric shapes and patterns. Learners compare the growth of crystals from four types of crystal-starters (table salt, Borax, sand, and Epsom salt) to see which starter grows the most crystals in 14 days. Learners report their results online and find out what other learners discovered. Afterward, learners can use the crystals they grew to create works of art.

  15. Temperature dependence of fluorescence lifetime of 2-naphthol in ice (I(sub h)) crystal. A study of the proton motion in ice

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    Ping Qi; Katsuhiko Okazaki; Tomoya Akiyama; Kohji Abe; Takeshi Shigenari

    1994-01-01

    The lifetime of the fluorescence from 2-naphthol (CI0H8OH) doped in ice I(sub h)was measured from 27 to 300 K. The slow component tau(sub s) (5.3 ns at 27 K) shows a significant decrease in the temperature range 130-200 K, while the faster component (tau(sub f) approximately 0.7 ns) shows a slight decrease above 200 K. The relative intensity I(sub f)I(sub

  16. Relationship between Recrystallization Rate of Ice Crystals in Sugar Solutions and Water Mobility in Freeze-Concentrated Matrix

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    Tomoaki Hagiwara; Richard W. Hartel; Shingo Matsukawa

    2006-01-01

    To better understand the relation between recrystallization rate and water mobility in freeze-concentrated matrix, isothermal ice recrystallization rates in several sugar aqueous solutions and self-diffusion coefficients of water component in corresponding freeze-concentrated matrix were measured. The sugars used were fructose, glucose, maltose, and sucrose. The sugar concentrations and temperature were varied so that ice contents for all samples were almost

  17. Extinction coefficients from lidar observations in ice clouds compared to in-situ measurements from the Cloud Integrating Nephelometer during CRYSTAL-FACE

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    Noel, Vincent; Winker, D. M.; Garrett, T. J.; McGill, M.

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents a comparison of volume extinction coefficients in tropical ice clouds retrieved from two instruments : the 532-nm Cloud Physics Lidar (CPL), and the in-situ probe Cloud Integrating Nephelometer (CIN). Both instruments were mounted on airborne platforms during the CRYSTAL-FACE campaign and took measurements in ice clouds up to 17km. Coincident observations from three cloud cases are compared : one synoptically-generated cirrus cloud of low optical depth, and two ice clouds located on top of convective systems. Emphasis is put on the vertical variability of the extinction coefficient. Results show small differences on small spatial scales (approx. 100m) in retrievals from both instruments. Lidar retrievals also show higher extinction coefficients in the synoptic cirrus case, while the opposite tendency is observed in convective cloud systems. These differences are generally variations around the average profile given by the CPL though, and general trends on larger spatial scales are usually well reproduced. A good agreement exists between the two instruments, with an average difference of less than 16% on optical depth retrievals.

  18. Recrystallization of ice in ice cream during controlled accelerated storage

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    Daniel P. Donhowe; Richard W. Hartel

    1996-01-01

    Accelerated ice recrystallization in a thin film of vanilla ice cream was studied on a cold stage microscope, housed in a refrigerated glove box. Sample temperature was held constant (within ±0.01 °C) or sinusoidally oscillated for 5 days. Changes in ice crystal size distribution were monitored using an image analysis technique. Several recrystallization mechanisms were observed. Melt-refreeze recrystallization was important

  19. Ice Rheology Beyond Planet Earth

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    W. B. Durham; S. H. Kirby; L. A. Stern

    2001-01-01

    Barclay Kamb is well known for his seminal work on the motions and internal flow of glaciers, but he was also a pioneer in research on the crystal structures, chemical bonding, and rheologies of the high-pressure phases of ice. In the flow and fracture of terrestrial materials, no rock is more studied than ice. Water ice also has an important

  20. The Spectral Signature of Mixed-Phase Clouds Composed of Non-Spherical Ice Crystals and Spherical Liquid Droplets in the Terrestrial Window Region

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    Yang, P.; Wei, H.- L.; Bryan, B. A.; Huang, H.- L.; Heymsfield, Andrew J.; Hu, Yong X.; Gao, B.- C.; Turner, David D.

    2003-06-01

    An outstanding problem facing the cloud modeling and remote sensing community is to improve satellite-derived cloud microphysical and macrophysical properties when a single cloud layer exists within a temperature range for which a combination of water and ice particles may be present. This is typically known as a ''mixed-phase'' cloud condition, and is prevalent when the cloud-top temperature lies between -40C and 0C. In this paper, we report on a sensitivity study of the spectral signature of mixed-phase clouds in the infrared terrestrial window (8-13 um). Mixed clouds are assumed to be a vertically uniform cloud layer composed of a mixture of pristine hexagonal crystals and spherical water droplets. Unlike the conventional approach that derives the bulk scattering properties of the mixed-phase clouds by a linear weighting of the contributions of ice and water components, the bulk single-scattering properties of mixed-phase clouds are formulated on the basis of fundamental physics. With the aid of a line-by-line radiative transfer model and a discrete ordinates radiative transfer (DISORT) computational program, we investigate the high-resolution spectral signature, expressed in terms of brightness temperature, of mixed-phase clouds with various effective sizes, ice fraction ratios, and optical thicknesses. Small particles are found to have a significant impact on the infrared spectral signature of mixed-phase clouds when the size discrepancy between the ice and water particles is large. Furthermore, the simulation results show that the infrared radiative spectrum associated with cirrus clouds can be quite different from their mixed-phase counterparts even if only a small amount of water droplets exist in the mixed-phase cloud layer.

  1. Crystal-like low frequency phonons in the low-density amorphous and high-density amorphous ices.

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    Belosludov, R V; Subbotin, O S; Mizuseki, H; Rodger, P M; Kawazoe, Y; Belosludov, V R

    2008-09-21

    The structure and vibrational properties of high- and low-density amorphous (HDA and LDA, respectively) ices have been determined using reverse Monte Carlo, molecular dynamics, and lattice dynamics simulations. This combined approach leads to a more accurate and detailed structural description of HDA and LDA ices when compared to experiment than was previously possible. The water molecules in these ices form well connected hydrogen-bond networks that exhibit modes of vibration that extend throughout the solid and can involve up to 70% of all molecules. However, the networks display significant differences in their dynamical behavior. In HDA, the extended low-frequency vibrational modes occur in dense parallel two dimensional layers of water that are approximately 10 nm thick. In contrast, the extended modes in LDA resemble a holey structure that encapsulates many small pockets of nonparticipating water molecules. PMID:19044969

  2. Three-dimensional rocking curve imaging to measure the effective distortion in the neighbourhood of a defect within a crystal: an ice example

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    Philip, Armelle; Meyssonnier, Jacques; Kluender, Rafael T.; Baruchel, José

    2013-01-01

    Rocking curve imaging (RCI) is a quantitative version of monochromatic beam diffraction topography that involves using a two-dimensional detector, each pixel of which records its own ‘local’ rocking curve. From these local rocking curves one can reconstruct maps of particularly relevant quantities (e.g. integrated intensity, angular position of the centre of gravity, FWHM). Up to now RCI images have been exploited in the reflection case, giving a quantitative picture of the features present in a several-micrometre-thick subsurface layer. Recently, a three-dimensional Bragg diffraction imaging technique, which combines RCI with ‘pinhole’ and ‘section’ diffraction topography in the transmission case, was implemented. It allows three-dimensional images of defects to be obtained and measurement of three-dimensional distortions within a 50?×?50?×?50?µm elementary volume inside the crystal with angular misorientations down to 10?5–10?6?rad. In the present paper, this three-dimensional-RCI (3D-RCI) technique is used to study one of the grains of a three-grained ice polycrystal. The inception of the deformation process is followed by reconstructing virtual slices in the crystal bulk. 3D-RCI capabilities allow the effective distortion in the bulk of the crystal to be investigated, and the predictions of diffraction theories to be checked, well beyond what has been possible up to now. PMID:24046486

  3. Aircraft Icing Sensor

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1990-01-01

    Simmonds Precision's ice system consists of an ultrasonic sensor and a signal conditioner. The sensor has a piezoelectric ceramic crystal (PCC) that sends an ultrasonic pulse into an ice layer and detects an echo returning from the ice; the time elapsed in the pulse-echo round trip provides a basis for calculating ice thickness. Simmonds offers an alternative system with two PCCs, one a transmitter and the other a receiver for picking up the return echo. This technique offers detection of ice at much smaller thickness values, but at the cost of some ability to detect thicker ice. Among the advantages of the system are the small size of the sensor, which allows its placement in areas previously inaccessible. Other sensor advantages include high accuracy and insensitivity to salt spray, fog, chemicals and abrasion. Both sensor and signal conditioner offer high reliability, light weight and low power consumption.

  4. Classification of Particle Shapes from Lidar Depolarization Ratios in Convective Ice Clouds Compared to in situ Observations During CRYSTAL-FACE

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    Noel, Vincent; Winker, David; McGill, Matthew; Lawson, Paul

    2004-01-01

    This manuscript describes a method to class@ cirrus cloud ice particle shape using lidar depolarization measurements as a basis for segregating different particle shape regimes. Measurements from the ER-2 Cloud Physics Lidar (CPL) system during CRYSTAL-FACE provide the basis for this work. While the CPL onboard the ER-2 aircraft was providing remote sensing measurements of cirrus clouds, the Cloud Particle Imager (CPI) onboard the WB-57 aircraft was flying inside those same clouds to sample particle sizes. The results of classifying particle shapes using the CPL data are compared to the in situ measurements made using the CPI , and there is found to be good agreement between the particle shape inferred from the CPL data and that actually measured by the CPI. If proven practical, application of this technique to spaceborne observations could lead to large-scale classification of cirrus cloud particle shapes.

  5. Ice Core Borehole Sonic Logging at GISP2 and GRIP, Greenland, and Siple Dome, Antarctica

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    G. W. Lamorey

    2002-01-01

    Studies of ice cores yield important information about the history of ice sheets and past climates. Interpretation of paleoclimate records from ice cores depends on understanding the ice sheet flow to determine depth-age relationships and whether the ice has been affected by folding. The alignment of crystals in ice, called fabric, is an important factor in understanding ice sheet flow

  6. Methods for Validation and Intercomparison of Remote Sensing and In situ Ice Water Measurements: Case Studies from CRYSTAL-FACE and Model Results

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    Sayres, D.S.; Pittman, J. V.; Smith, J. B.; Weinstock, E. M.; Anderson, J. G.; Heymsfield, G.; Li, L.; Fridlind, A.; Ackerman, A. S.

    2004-01-01

    Remote sensing observations, such as those from AURA, are necessary to understand the role of cirrus in determining the radiative and humidity budgets of the upper troposphere. Using these measurements quantitatively requires comparisons with in situ measurements that have previously been validated. However, a direct comparison of remote and in situ measurements is difficult due to the requirement that the spatial and temporal overlap be sufficient in order to guarantee that both instruments are measuring the same air parcel. A difficult as this might be for gas phase intercomparisons, cloud inhomogeneities significantly exacerbate the problem for cloud ice water content measurements. The CRYSTAL-FACE mission provided an opportunity to assess how well such intercomparisons can be performed and to establish flight plans that will be necessary for validation of future satellite instruments. During CRYSTAL-FACE, remote and in situ instruments were placed on different aircraft (NASA's ER-2 and WB-59, and the two planes flew in tandem so that the in situ payload flew in the field of view of the remote instruments. We show here that, even with this type of careful flight planning, it is not always possible to guarantee that remote and in situ instruments are viewing the same air parcel. We use ice water data derived from the in situ Harvard Total Water (HV-TW) instrument, and the remote Goddard Cloud Radar System (CRS) and show that agreement between HV-TW and CRS is a strong function of the horizontal separation and the time delay between the aircraft transects. We also use a cloud model to simulate possible trajectories through a cloud and evaluate the use of statistical analysis in determining the agreement between the two instruments. This type of analysis should guide flight planning for future intercomparison efforts, whether for aircraft or satellite-borne instrumentation.

  7. crystal

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    Yu, Yi; Huang, Yisheng; Zhang, Lizhen; Lin, Zhoubin; Sun, Shijia; Wang, Guofu

    2014-07-01

    A Nd3+:Na2La4(WO4)7 crystal with dimensions of ? 17 × 30 mm3 was grown by the Czochralski method. The thermal expansion coefficients of Nd3+:Na2La4(WO4)7 crystal are 1.32 × 10-5 K-1 along c-axis and 1.23 × 10-5 K-1 along a-axis, respectively. The spectroscopic characteristics of Nd3+:Na2La4(WO4)7 crystal were investigated. The Judd-Ofelt theory was applied to calculate the spectral parameters. The absorption cross sections at 805 nm are 2.17 × 10-20 cm2 with a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of 15 nm for ?-polarization, and 2.29 × 10-20 cm2 with a FWHM of 14 nm for ?-polarization. The emission cross sections are 3.19 × 10-20 cm2 for ?-polarization and 2.67 × 10-20 cm2 for ?-polarization at 1,064 nm. The fluorescence quantum efficiency is 67 %. The quasi-cw laser of Nd3+:Na2La4(WO4)7 crystal was performed. The maximum output power is 80 mW. The slope efficiency is 7.12 %. The results suggest Nd3+:Na2La4(WO4)7 crystal as a promising laser crystal fit for laser diode pumping.

  8. On the Ice Nucleation Spectrum

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    Barahona, D.

    2012-01-01

    This work presents a novel formulation of the ice nucleation spectrum, i.e. the function relating the ice crystal concentration to cloud formation conditions and aerosol properties. The new formulation is physically-based and explicitly accounts for the dependency of the ice crystal concentration on temperature, supersaturation, cooling rate, and particle size, surface area and composition. This is achieved by introducing the concepts of ice nucleation coefficient (the number of ice germs present in a particle) and nucleation probability dispersion function (the distribution of ice nucleation coefficients within the aerosol population). The new formulation is used to generate ice nucleation parameterizations for the homogeneous freezing of cloud droplets and the heterogeneous deposition ice nucleation on dust and soot ice nuclei. For homogeneous freezing, it was found that by increasing the dispersion in the droplet volume distribution the fraction of supercooled droplets in the population increases. For heterogeneous ice nucleation the new formulation consistently describes singular and stochastic behavior within a single framework. Using a fundamentally stochastic approach, both cooling rate independence and constancy of the ice nucleation fraction over time, features typically associated with singular behavior, were reproduced. Analysis of the temporal dependency of the ice nucleation spectrum suggested that experimental methods that measure the ice nucleation fraction over few seconds would tend to underestimate the ice nuclei concentration. It is shown that inferring the aerosol heterogeneous ice nucleation properties from measurements of the onset supersaturation and temperature may carry significant error as the variability in ice nucleation properties within the aerosol population is not accounted for. This work provides a simple and rigorous ice nucleation framework where theoretical predictions, laboratory measurements and field campaign data can be reconciled, and that is suitable for application in atmospheric modeling studies.

  9. Molecules on ice

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    Clary, D.C.

    1996-03-15

    The ozone hole that forms in the spring months over the Antarctic is thought to be produced through a network of chemical reactions catalyzed by the surfaces of ice crystals in polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs). A reaction between chlorine reservoir molecules, such as HCl + ClONO{sub 2} > HNO{sub 3} + Cl{sub 2}, is kinetically forbidden in the gas phase but proceeds quickly on the surface of ice and produces Cl{sub 2} molecules that are photodissociated by sunlight to yield the Cl atoms that destroy ozone. This destructive chain of events begins when HCl molecules stick to the ice crystals, and the mechanism for this crucial sticking process has been the subject of much debate. Recent work describes a mechanism that explains how HCl sticks to ice. This article goes on to detail research focusing surface reactions in stratospheric chemistry. 9 refs., 1 fig.

  10. Snow Crystals

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    Kenneth Libbrecht

    This site describes snow crystals and snowflakes. Although a common meteorological phenomenon, snow crystal growth is a fascinating and poorly understood process, in which remarkably complex and beautifully symmetric structures appear, quite literally, out of thin air. The many facets of snow crystals are described here, along with the attempts to understand their formation. Site highlights include research on creating designer snow crystals in the laboratory, the history of early snow crystal observations, snow crystal photography, properties of frozen precipitation, and a snow crystal primer for a short course in snow crystal physics - what snow crystals are, how they form, and why they form the way they do. Information is offered on snow crystal classification, preservation, and unusual crystal forms. An extensive image gallery of lab-created crystal forms is available, with enlargeable thumbnail images. There are even instructions for users on how to create crystals. This could be made into a classroom activity, as the science of the growth is explained. Snowflake Physics discusses diffusion, dendrite growth, ice surface physics, electric growth, and ice properties. A vast list of related links is also provided.

  11. crystal

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    Bai, Fen; Wang, Qingpu; Tao, Xutang; Li, Ping; Zhang, Xingyu; Liu, Zhaojun; Shen, Hongbin; Lan, Weixia; Gao, Liang; Gao, Zeliang; Zhang, Junjie; Fang, Jiaxiong

    2014-08-01

    An eye-safe Raman laser is realized with BaTeMo2O9 (BTM) nonlinear crystal for the first time. By using a diode-end-pumped acousto-optically Q-switched Nd:YVO4 laser as the pumping source, the BTM crystal converts the fundamental laser at 1,342 nm to first-Stokes laser at 1,531 nm successfully. With an incident power of 10.8 W and a pulse repetition rate of 25 kHz, the average output power at 1,531 nm is obtained to be 0.83 W, corresponding to a diode-to-Stokes conversion efficiency of 7.7 %. The pulse width is 11 ns, and the peak power is 3.0 kW.

  12. Chemical characterization of individual particles and residuals of cloud droplets and ice crystals collected on board research aircraft in the ISDAC 2008 study

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    Hiranuma, N.; Brooks, S. D.; Moffet, R. C.; Glen, A.; Laskin, A.; Gilles, M. K.; Liu, P.; MacDonald, A. M.; Strapp, J. W.; McFarquhar, G. M.

    2013-06-01

    Ambient particles and the dry residuals of mixed-phase cloud droplets and ice crystals were collected during the Indirect and Semi-Direct Aerosol Campaign (ISDAC) near Barrow, Alaska, in spring of 2008. The collected particles were analyzed using Computer Controlled Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis and Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy coupled with Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectroscopy to identify physico-chemical properties that differentiate cloud-nucleating particles from the total aerosol population. A wide range of individually mixed components was identified in the ambient particles and residuals including organic carbon compounds, inorganics, carbonates, and black carbon. Our results show that cloud droplet residuals differ from the ambient particles in both size and composition, suggesting that both properties may impact the cloud-nucleating ability of aerosols in mixed-phase clouds. The percentage of residual particles which contained carbonates (47%) was almost four times higher than those in ambient samples. Residual populations were also enhanced in sea salt and black carbon and reduced in organic compounds relative to the ambient particles. Further, our measurements suggest that chemical processing of aerosols may improve their cloud-nucleating ability. Comparison of results for various time periods within ISDAC suggests that the number and composition of cloud-nucleating particles over Alaska can be influenced by episodic events bringing aerosols from both the local vicinity and as far away as Siberia.

  13. Overview of Icing Research at NASA Glenn

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    Kreeger, Richard E.

    2013-01-01

    The aviation industry continues to deal with icing-related incidents and accidents on a regular basis. Air traffic continues to increase, placing more aircraft in adverse icing conditions more frequently and for longer periods. Icing conditions once considered rare or of little consequence, such as super-cooled large droplet icing or high altitude ice crystals, have emerged as major concerns for modern aviation. Because of this, there is a need to better understand the atmospheric environment, the fundamental mechanisms and characteristics of ice growth, and the aerodynamic effects due to icing, as well as how best to protect these aircraft. The icing branch at NASA Glenn continues to develop icing simulation methods and engineering tools to address current aviation safety issues in airframe, engine and rotorcraft icing.

  14. Geomicrobiology of Vostok Ice: Implications for Life in Lake Vostok

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    Priscu, John

    This abstract introduces newly discovered microbe assemblages within Lake Vostok and the research it has inspired. Current studies hope to gain insight into the following areas: physical stresses in deep glacial and accretion ice; the role of clathrates on gas dynamics within the lake; the origin of microbes in accretion ice; the physiological state of ice-bound microbes; the geochemistry of the ice column; and living microbes in ice veins that form at triple junctions in the ice crystal matrix.

  15. A direct evidence of vibrationally delocalized response at ice surface

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    Ishiyama, Tatsuya; Morita, Akihiro, E-mail: morita@m.tohoku.ac.jp [Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8578 (Japan)

    2014-11-14

    Surface-specific vibrational spectroscopic responses at isotope diluted ice and amorphous ice are investigated by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations combined with quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics calculations. The intense response specific to the ordinary crystal ice surface is predicted to be significantly suppressed in the isotopically diluted and amorphous ices, demonstrating the vibrational delocalization at the ordinary ice surface. The collective vibration at the ice surface is also analyzed with varying temperature by the MD simulation.

  16. Meth (Crank, Ice) Facts

    MedlinePLUS

    Listen to this page Meth (Crank, Ice) Facts Methamphetamine—meth for short—is a white, bitter powder. Sometimes it's made into a white pill or ... clear or white shiny rock (called a crystal). Meth powder can be eaten or snorted up the ...

  17. Layered Ice

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    An ice jam on the East Branch Wesserunsett Stream in Athens, Maine in January 2014 left 3-5 ft ice walls on the riverbanks. On a January 21, 2014 site visit Nick Stasulis and Charlie Culbertson chisled away some of the ice wall so a discharge measurement could be made. The ice walls showed the ...

  18. Aircraft icing

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. W. Gent; N. P. Dart; J. T. Cansdale

    2000-01-01

    This paper reviews the background to and the current status of analyses developed to address the problem of icing on aircraft. Methods for water droplet trajectory calculation, ice accretion prediction, aerodynamic performance degradation and an overview of ice protection system modelling are presented. The paper addresses the issues involved in the development of icing analyses including problem formulation and assumptions,

  19. Ice Sheets

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    This educational brief describes the nature and properties of the Greenland and Antarctica ice sheets. Topics include the thickness and aereal extent of the ice sheets, volume of water contained in them, mass balance, and the mechanisms by which ice is lost from or accumulated by the ice sheets.

  20. Colloidal aspects of ice cream—A review

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    H. Douglas Goff

    1997-01-01

    Ice cream is a complex food colloid that consists of air bubbles, fat globules, ice crystals and an unfrozen serum phase. Ice crystals and air bubbles are usually in the range of 20–50 ?m. The air bubbles are usually partially coated with fat globules and the fat globules are coated with a protein\\/emulsifier layer. The serum phase consists of the

  1. Modeling interfacial liquid layers on environmental ices

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    M. H. Kuo; S. G. Moussa; V. F. McNeill

    2011-01-01

    Interfacial layers on ice significantly influence air-ice chemical interactions. In solute-containing aqueous systems, a liquid brine may form upon freezing due to the exclusion of impurities from the ice crystal lattice coupled with freezing point depression in the concentrated brine. The brine may be segregated to the air-ice interface where it creates a surface layer, in micropockets, or at grain

  2. The Distribution of Amorphous and Crystalline Ice on Ganymede

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    G. B. Hansen; T. B. McCord

    2000-01-01

    The lattice order of ice depends on its condensation rate, temperature, and exposure to high energy particles or photons. The surface temperatures of the icy Galilean satellites of Jupiter are such that ice will crystallize over very short time scales. But amorphous ice is easily created by the disruption of crystalline ice by radiation, which is strong throughout the Galilean

  3. Pack-Ice Studies in the Arctic Ocean

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    W. Schwarzacher

    1959-01-01

    The annual stratification of pack ice has been examined. Summer layers are formed either by arrested growth or by thin layers of fresh-water ice. The crystal structure and the salt content of the ice reflect the seasonal cycle. During the growth of ice a pro- nounced orientation of crystalline structure develops; it is determined by vertical as well as by

  4. UARS/MLS Cloud Ice Measurements: Implications for H2O Transport near the Tropopause

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    Sherwood, Steven

    . G. READ Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California A. E. JIANG Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California (Manuscript ice clouds and are sensitive to ice crystals of convective origin. Rough ice water content (IWC

  5. Detection of snow and ice crystals using polarization radar measurements: comparison between ground-based in situ and S-Pol observations

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    Barthazy, Eszter; Göke, Sabine; Vivekanandan, Jothiram; Ellis, Scott M.

    Polarimetric radars have the potential of identifying 'bulk' hydrometeor types within the radar volume by, for example, combining various polarimetric observables. Semiempirical, rule-based hydrometeor identification algorithms have been developed for the linear polarimetric S-Pol radar of the National Center of Atmospheric Research (NCAR). S-Pol was deployed during the field phase of the Mesoscale Alpine Programme (MAP) in Northern Italy for 10 weeks during the fall of 1999. It was a key instrument for one specific objective of MAP, namely, the orographically induced heavy precipitation events at the southern slopes of the Alps. During MAP, two hydrometeor type identification algorithms were implemented for real-time display. While the algorithm developed at the University of Washington (UW) uses fixed boundaries in polarimetric space, the algorithm developed at NCAR uses a fuzzy logic approach. The performance of the algorithms was tested using ground-based in situ observations from a mountain station located 65 km from the radar. This observation included the use of Formvar replicas that preserve solid precipitation particles on a microscope slide, and optical spectrometer providing information on size spectra. In situ data of two case studies from MAP provided detailed information on snow and ice crystals and were therefore suitable for a comparison to radar-based hydrometeor type detection. Because of spatial and temporal differences in the observation, the comparison is discussed qualitatively. The algorithms are considered successful when a good qualitative correlation could be found between the evolution of the hydrometeor types observed by in situ measurements, and the evolution observed remotely. Results based on the NCAR algorithm consistently performed better than the UW algorithm in both cases.

  6. Ice Rheology Beyond Planet Earth

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    Durham, W. B.; Kirby, S. H.; Stern, L. A.

    2001-12-01

    Barclay Kamb is well known for his seminal work on the motions and internal flow of glaciers, but he was also a pioneer in research on the crystal structures, chemical bonding, and rheologies of the high-pressure phases of ice. In the flow and fracture of terrestrial materials, no rock is more studied than ice. Water ice also has an important presence on other solar system bodies, in particular the moons of the outer solar system, where its flow may extend to deep interiors. Most of these low-density (< 2 Mg/m3) moons have volume fractions of ice well above 0.5, and the largest moons, for example Ganymede, Callisto, and Titan, have sufficient internal pressures to stabilize the high-pressure phases II, III, V, VI, VII, and, possibly in early satellite history, ice VIII. The rheology of ice I has important influence on the surface morphologies of the moons, and the rheologies of all these phases (including ice I) can affect the thermal evolution of the moons by governing the rates of advection of internal radiogenic heat. Polycrystalline ice I under terrestrial conditions is far warmer than ice I in most planetary settings. The phenomenon of "premelting" in ice at T > 255 K leads to high grain-boundary mobility and much higher activation energy in warm ice than in cold ice under the same stress, so the flow of terrestrial ice may not be a good analog for that in the outer solar system. Phenomena from the rheological law itself to the development of lattice preferred orientation may be affected. Of the high-pressure phases through ice VI (all whose rheologies have been explored to date), ices III and VI are the weakest, an effect that, as Kamb has pointed out, parallels and draws explanation from the high rate of dielectric relaxation in those phases. Ice III is exceptionally weak and is stable over a very small part of the (P, T) phase diagram that is situated very close to possible planetary temperature profiles. This could lead to either self-regulation or instability in convective flow depending on the assumptions of the model. Experimental investigation of the transformation of metastable ice I to ice II under non-hydrostatic stress has led to the discovery of transformational faulting (a mechanically unstable transformation under shear with possible applications to deep earthquake faulting in Earth's mantle) and a stable stress-induced ice I to ice II transformation mechanism involving anisotropic growth of ice II inclusions, producing a simple form of metamorphic foliation.

  7. The Development of Measurement Techniques to Identify and Characterize Dusts and Ice Nuclei in the Atmosphere

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    Glen, Andrew

    2014-01-15

    Mineral dusts and ice crystals directly influence the Earth's radiative budget through radiative scattering and absorption. The interaction of spherical particles on the radiative budget are well known, however mineral dusts and ice crystals...

  8. Measurement of the size of intracellular ice crystals in mouse oocytes using a melting point depression method and the influence of intracellular solute concentrations

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    Xu Han; John K. Critser

    2009-01-01

    Characterization of intracellular ice formed during the cooling procedures of cells significantly benefits the development and optimization design of cryopreservation or cryosurgery techniques. In this study, we investigated the influence of the concentration of extracellular non-permeable and permeable solutes on the melting points of the intracellular ice in mouse oocytes using cryomicroscopy. The results showed that the melting points of

  9. PSL Icing Facility Upgrade Overview

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    Griffin, Thomas A.; Dicki, Dennis J.; Lizanich, Paul J.

    2014-01-01

    The NASA Glenn Research Center Propulsion Systems Lab (PSL) was recently upgraded to perform engine inlet ice crystal testing in an altitude environment. The system installed 10 spray bars in the inlet plenum for ice crystal generation using 222 spray nozzles. As an altitude test chamber, the PSL is capable of simulating icing events at altitude in a groundtest facility. The system was designed to operate at altitudes from 4,000 to 40,000 ft at Mach numbers up to 0.8M and inlet total temperatures from -60 to +15 degF. This paper and presentation will be part of a series of presentations on PSL Icing and will cover the development of the icing capability through design, developmental testing, installation, initial calibration, and validation engine testing. Information will be presented on the design criteria and process, spray bar developmental testing at Cox and Co., system capabilities, and initial calibration and engine validation test. The PSL icing system was designed to provide NASA and the icing community with a facility that could be used for research studies of engine icing by duplicating in-flight events in a controlled ground-test facility. With the system and the altitude chamber we can produce flight conditions and cloud environments to simulate those encountered in flight. The icing system can be controlled to set various cloud uniformities, droplet median volumetric diameter (MVD), and icing water content (IWC) through a wide variety of conditions. The PSL chamber can set altitudes, Mach numbers, and temperatures of interest to the icing community and also has the instrumentation capability of measuring engine performance during icing testing. PSL last year completed the calibration and initial engine validation of the facility utilizing a Honeywell ALF502-R5 engine and has duplicated in-flight roll back conditions experienced during flight testing. This paper will summarize the modifications and buildup of the facility to accomplish these tests.

  10. The role of phase transformations as a softening mechanism in saline ice

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    Ladean Robert McKittrick

    1997-01-01

    To gain insight into the behavior of saline ice relative to non-saline ice, single crystals of saline and non-saline ice were loaded in compression. Responses from these experiments indicate that single crystals of saline ice are significantly more compliant during the initial load response. Analyses presented in this dissertation indicate that phase transformations in brine cells have the potential to

  11. Sea Ice

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Parkinson, Claire L.; Cavalieri, Donald J.

    2005-01-01

    Sea ice covers vast areas of the polar oceans, with ice extent in the Northern Hemisphere ranging from approximately 7 x 10(exp 6) sq km in September to approximately 15 x 10(exp 6) sq km in March and ice extent in the Southern Hemisphere ranging from approximately 3 x 10(exp 6) sq km in February to approximately 18 x 10(exp 6) sq km in September. These ice covers have major impacts on the atmosphere, oceans, and ecosystems of the polar regions, and so as changes occur in them there are potential widespread consequences. Satellite data reveal considerable interannual variability in both polar sea ice covers, and many studies suggest possible connections between the ice and various oscillations within the climate system, such as the Arctic Oscillation, North Atlantic Oscillation, and Antarctic Oscillation, or Southern Annular Mode. Nonetheless, statistically significant long-term trends are also apparent, including overall trends of decreased ice coverage in the Arctic and increased ice coverage in the Antarctic from late 1978 through the end of 2003, with the Antarctic ice increases following marked decreases in the Antarctic ice during the 1970s. For a detailed picture of the seasonally varying ice cover at the start of the 21st century, this chapter includes ice concentration maps for each month of 2001 for both the Arctic and the Antarctic, as well as an overview of what the satellite record has revealed about the two polar ice covers from the 1970s through 2003.

  12. Identification of Clathrate Hydrates, Hexagonal Ice, Cubic Ice, and Liquid Water in Simulations: the CHILL+ Algorithm.

    PubMed

    Nguyen, Andrew H; Molinero, Valeria

    2014-11-25

    Clathrate hydrates and ice I are the most abundant crystals of water. The study of their nucleation, growth, and decomposition using molecular simulations requires an accurate and efficient algorithm that distinguishes water molecules that belong to each of these crystals and the liquid phase. Existing algorithms identify ice or clathrates, but not both. This poses a challenge for cases in which ice and hydrate coexist, such as in the synthesis of clathrates from ice and the formation of ice from clathrates during self-preservation of methane hydrates. Here we present an efficient algorithm for the identification of clathrate hydrates, hexagonal ice, cubic ice, and liquid water in molecular simulations. CHILL+ uses the number of staggered and eclipsed water-water bonds to identify water molecules in cubic ice, hexagonal ice, and clathrate hydrate. CHILL+ is an extension of CHILL (Moore et al. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2010, 12, 4124-4134), which identifies hexagonal and cubic ice but not clathrates. In addition to the identification of hydrates, CHILL+ significantly improves the detection of hexagonal ice up to its melting point. We validate the use of CHILL+ for the identification of stacking faults in ice and the nucleation and growth of clathrate hydrates. To our knowledge, this is the first algorithm that allows for the simultaneous identification of ice and clathrate hydrates, and it does so in a way that is competitive with respect to existing methods used to identify any of these crystals. PMID:25389702

  13. Sea Ice, an Antarctic Habitat

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    A 'click-and-learn' sub site hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute Foundation for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), this is a succinct, educational tour of sea-ice and its associated ecological communities. Short synopses introduce the dynamics of sea-ice formation, the microstructure of sea-ice (including crystal structure, brine channels, and ice algae), the effects of ice melt on resident organisms, the logistics of sea-ice research, and _land fast-ice_ and platelet ice habitats. Introductions also exist for the following organisms: krill; whales (i.e., Orcas, southern bottlenosesd dolphins, minke whales); sea birds (i.e., skuas and snow petrals), penguins (i.e., emperor, adelie, and chinstraps), and seals (i.e., weddell, crabeater, leopard, and ross.) Enlargeable thumbnail images accompany the habitat and inhabitant descriptions. Further investigations (at an accelerated level) are prompted with the inclusion of bibliographic references and scientific research presentations (in PDF format) on fast-ice and platelet ice, as well as links to the main site for the AWI.

  14. Basal ice facies and supraglacial melt-out till of the Laurentide Ice Sheet, Tuktoyaktuk Coastlands, western Arctic Canada

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    Murton, J. B.; Whiteman, C. A.; Waller, R. I.; Pollard, W. H.; Clark, I. D.; Dallimore, S. R.

    2005-03-01

    Glacially-deformed massive ice and icy sediments (MI-IS) in the Eskimo Lakes Fingerlands and Summer Island area of the Tuktoyaktuk Coastlands, western Arctic Canada, show, in the same stratigraphic sequences, features characteristic of both basal glacier ice and intrasedimental ice. Basal-ice features comprise (1) ice facies and facies groupings similar to those from the basal ice layers of contemporary glaciers and ice sheets in Alaska, Greenland and Iceland; (2) ice crystal fabrics similar to those from basal ice in Antarctica and ice-cored moraines on Axel Heiberg Island, Canada; and (3) a thaw or erosional unconformity along the top of the MI-IS, buried by glacigenic or aeolian sediments. Intrasedimental ice consists of pore ice and segregated ice formed within Pleistocene sands deposited before glacial overriding. The co-existence of basal and intrasedimental ice within the MI-IS records their occurrence within the basal ice layer of the Laurentide Ice Sheet. Stagnation of the ice sheet and melt-out of till from the ice surface allowed burial and preservation of the basal ice layer on a regional scale. The widespread occurrence of supraglacial melt-out till with clast fabrics similar to those in the underlying ice suggests that such till can be well preserved during partial thaw of a continental ice sheet in lowlands underlain by continuous permafrost.

  15. Antarctica Ice

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    National Geographic

    This short video examines the recent melting ice shelves in the Antarctica Peninsula; the potential collapse of West Antarctic ice shelf; and how global sea levels, coastal cities, and beaches would be affected.

  16. Melting Ice

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    2012-07-19

    Monitor the temperature of a melting ice cube and use temperature probes to electronically plot the data on graphs. Investigate what temperature the ice is as it melts in addition to monitoring the temperature of liquid the ice is submerged in.

  17. Extreme Ice

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    Margy Kuntz

    This activity students through the ways scientists monitor changes in Earth's glaciers, ice caps, and ice sheets. Students investigate about glacier locations, glacial movement, and impacts of climate change on glaciers depending on the depth of research. It is linked to 2009 PBS Nova program entitled Extreme Ice.

  18. Food Crystalization and Eggs

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Food Crystalization and Eggs Deana R. Jones, Ph.D. USDA Agricultural Research Service Egg Safety and Quality Research Unit Athens, Georgia, USA Deana.Jones@ars.usda.gov Sugar, salt, lactose, tartaric acid and ice are examples of constituents than can crystallize in foods. Crystallization in a foo...

  19. Effect of Sweetener, Stabilizer, and Storage Temperature on Ice Recrystallization in Ice Cream

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Tadashi Hagiwara; Richard W. Hartelt

    1996-01-01

    ABSTRACT In ice cream manufacturing, control of ice crystal growth,through,proper formulation,and storage tem- perature is important,for stability during storage. The objective of this study was,to investigate the influence of sweetener (sucrose, 20 dextrose equivalent corn syrup, 42 dextrose equivalent corn syrup, and 42 high fructose corn syrup), with and without stabilizer, on ice recrystallization in ice cream,at three storage temperatures.

  20. A model for binding of an antifreeze polypeptide to ice.

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    Wen, D; Laursen, R A

    1992-01-01

    A model is proposed, based on recent peptide analog and ice crystal etching studies, whereby an alanine-rich, alpha-helical antifreeze polypeptide (AFP) from the winter flounder inhibits the growth of ice crystals by hydrogen bonding of Thr, Asn, and Asp side chains in a specific pattern to the [2021] hexagonal bipyramidal planes of ice. It is further suggested that this mode of binding is unidirectional, maximizing opportunities for packing of AFPs on the ice surface, and that ice crystal growth inhibition occurs by a two-step mechanism involving hydrogen bonding and hydrophobic interpeptide interactions. Images FIGURE 3 PMID:1489916

  1. SUCCESS Evidence for Cirrus Cloud Ice Nucleation Mechanisms

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    Jensen, Eric; Gore, Warren J. Y. (Technical Monitor)

    1997-01-01

    During the SUCCESS mission, several measurements were made which should improve our understanding of ice nucleation processes in cirrus clouds. Temperature and water vapor concentration were made with a variety of instruments on the NASA DC-8. These observations should provide accurate upper tropospheric humidities. In particular, we will evaluate what humidities are required for ice nucleation. Preliminary results suggest that substantial supersaturations frequently exist in the upper troposphere. The leading-edge region of wave-clouds (where ice nucleation occurs) was sampled extensively at temperatures near -40 and -60C. These observations should give precise information about conditions required for ice nucleation. In addition, we will relate the observed aerosol composition and size distributions to the ice formation observed to evaluate the role of soot or mineral particles on ice nucleation. As an alternative technique for determining what particles act as ice nuclei, numerous samples of aerosols inside ice crystals were taken. In some cases, large numbers of aerosols were detected in each crystal, indicating that efficient scavenging occurred. Analysis of aerosols in ice crystals when only one particle per crystal was detected should help with the ice nucleation issue. Direct measurements of the ice nucleating activity of ambient aerosols drawn into airborne cloud chambers were also made. Finally, measurements of aerosols and ice crystals in contrails should indicate whether aircraft exhaust soot particles are effective ice nuclei.

  2. Optical Properties of Ice Particles in Young Contrails

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    Hong, Gang; Feng, Qian; Yang, Ping; Kattawar, George; Minnis, Patrick; Hu, Yong X.

    2008-01-01

    The single-scattering properties of four types of ice crystals (pure ice crystals, ice crystals with an internal mixture of ice and black carbon, ice crystals coated with black carbon, and soot coated with ice) in young contrails are investigated at wavelengths 0.65 and 2.13 micrometers using Mie codes from coated spheres. The four types of ice crystals have distinct differences in their single-scattering properties because of the embedded black carbon. The bulk scattering properties of young contrails consisting of the four types of ice crystals are further investigated by averaging their single-scattering properties over a typical ice particle size distribution found in young contrails. The effect of the radiative properties of the four types of ice particles on the Stokes parameters I, Q, U, and V is also investigated for different viewing zenith angles and relative azimuth angles with a solar zenith angle of 30 degrees using a vector radiative transfer model based on the adding-doubling technique. The Stokes parameters at a wavelength of 0.65 micrometers show pronounced differences for the four types of ice crystals. Those at a wavelength of 2.13 micrometers show similar variations with the viewing zenith angle and relative azimuth angle, but their values are noticeably different.

  3. Ice Ages

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    During most of the last one billion years the globe had no permanent ice. However, sometimes large areas of the globe were covered with vast ice sheets. Users can read and view pictures which help explain what ice ages are, when they occurred, and why they occur. This site, sponsored by the Illinois State Museum, has links to web pages on paleontology of the midwestern United States during the last ice age and to an animation showing the advance and retreat of the ice sheet in North America 20,000 years ago.

  4. Stimulation of ice nucleation by marine diatoms

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    Knopf, D. A.; Alpert, P. A.; Wang, B.; Aller, J. Y.

    2011-02-01

    Atmospheric aerosol particles serve as nuclei for ice-crystal formation. As such, these particles are critical to the generation of cirrus clouds, which form from gas and liquid water. Atmospheric aerosols also initiate ice formation in warmer, mixed-phase clouds, where ice crystals coexist with aqueous droplets. Biogenic aerosol particles of terrestrial origin, including bacteria and pollen, can act as ice nuclei. Whether biogenic particles of marine origin also act as ice nuclei has remained uncertain. We exposed the cosmopolitan planktonic diatom species Thalassiosira pseudonana to water vapour and supercooled aqueous sodium chloride under typical tropospheric conditions conducive to cirrus-cloud formation. Ice nucleation was determined using a controlled vapour cooling-stage microscope system. Under all conditions, diatoms initiated ice formation. The presence of diatoms in water increased the temperature for ice formation up to 13K, and in aqueous sodium chloride, ice formed at temperatures up to 30K higher than when diatoms were not present. In addition, diatoms initiated ice formation from water vapour at relative humidities as low as 65%. The rate of ice nucleation was rapid and independent of surface area. We suggest that marine biogenic particles such as diatoms help explain high values and seasonal variations in ice-nuclei concentrations in subpolar regions.

  5. Cryoelectron microscopy of low density lipoprotein in vitreous ice.

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    Spin, J M; Atkinson, D

    1995-01-01

    In this report, images of low density lipoprotein (LDL) in vitreous ice at approximately 30 A resolution are presented. These images show that LDL is a quasi-spherical particle, approximately 220-240 A in diameter, with a region of low density (lipid) surrounded by a ring (in projection) of high density believed to represent apolipoprotein B-100. This ring is seen to be composed of four or five (depending on view) large regions of high density material that may represent protein superdomains. Analysis of LDL images obtained at slightly higher magnification reveals that areas of somewhat lower density connect these regions, in some cases crossing the projectional interiors of the LDL particles. Preliminary image analysis of LDL covalently labeled at Cys3734 and Cys4190 with 1.4-nm Nanogold clusters demonstrates that this methodology will provide an important site-specific marker in studies designed to map the organization of apoB at the surface of LDL. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4 FIGURE 6 PMID:7612855

  6. Modelling ice-ocean interaction in ice shelf crevasses

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    Jordan, J. R.; Holland, P.; Piggott, M. D.; Jenkins, A.; Kimura, S.

    2013-12-01

    Ocean freezing within ice shelf basal crevasses could potentially act as a stabilising influence on ice shelves, however ice-ocean interaction and ocean dynamics within these crevasses are as yet poorly understood. To this end, an idealised two-dimensional model of an ice shelf basal crevasse has been developed using Fluidity-ICOM, a finite element ocean model using an unstructured mesh. A model of frazil ice formation and deposition has been incorporated into Fluidity-ICOM to better represent the freezing process. Model results show that freezing at the top of crevasses leads to the formation of an unstable overturning circulation due to the rejection of dense, salty water. The strength of this circulation, which is increased by the formation of frazil ice, is found to be the dominant factor influencing the total freezing rate. Frazil ice precipitation is found to be responsible for roughly one sixth of ice formation on the top of the basal crevasse, with direct freezing, enhanced by the complex dynamics of the overturning circulation, responsible for the rest. Increasing the frazil crystal radii used in the model has little impact on the amount of frazil ice deposition but does increase the amount of direct freezing. Significant melting and freezing was found to occur on the walls of the crevasse due to the strong overturning circulation. With previous modelling approaches it has not been possible to simulate this strong circulation, with water rising up one side of the crevasse and down the other.

  7. Probing the structure of cometary ice.

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    Wilson, M A; Pohorille, A; Jenniskens, P; Blake, D F

    1995-06-01

    Computer simulations of bulk and vapor deposited amorphous ices are presented. The structure of the bulk low density amorphous ice is in good agreement with experiments on pressure disordered amorphous ice. Both the low density bulk ice and the vapor deposited ices exhibit strong ordering. Vapor deposition of hot (300 K) water molecules onto a cold (77 K) substrate yields less porous ices than deposition of cold (77 K) water molecules onto a cold substrate. Both vapor deposited ices are more porous than the bulk amorphous ice. The structure of bulk high density amorphous ice is only in fair agreement with experimental results. Attempts to simulate high density amorphous ice via vapor deposition were not successful. Electron diffraction results on vapor deposited amorphous ice indicate that the temperature of the nucleation of the cubic phase depends upon the amount of time between the deposition and the onset of crystallization, suggesting that freshly deposited ice layers reconstruct on times of the order of hours. The temperature dependence of the microporosity of the vapor deposited amorphous ices might affect laboratory experiments that are aimed at simulating astrophysical ices in the context of the origin of prebiotic organic material and its transport to the Earth. PMID:11536679

  8. Iced Coffee Iced Chai Tea Latte

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    Iced Coffee Iced Chai Tea Latte Iced Americano Iced Cappuccino Iced Latte Iced Mocha Iced White.74 $0.70 $0.99 $2.00 $1.39 Coffee By the Pound Organic Espresso Sierra Organic Mexican $9.50 $9.50 Listed prices do not include applicable sales tax. #12;Brewed Coffee Cafe au Lait Hot Tea Chai Tea Latte

  9. Sea Ice

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    Perovich, D.; Gerland, S.; Hendricks, S.; Meier, Walter N.; Nicolaus, M.; Richter-Menge, J.; Tschudi, M.

    2013-01-01

    During 2013, Arctic sea ice extent remained well below normal, but the September 2013 minimum extent was substantially higher than the record-breaking minimum in 2012. Nonetheless, the minimum was still much lower than normal and the long-term trend Arctic September extent is -13.7 per decade relative to the 1981-2010 average. The less extreme conditions this year compared to 2012 were due to cooler temperatures and wind patterns that favored retention of ice through the summer. Sea ice thickness and volume remained near record-low levels, though indications are of slightly thicker ice compared to the record low of 2012.

  10. Medical ice slurry production device

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    Kasza, Kenneth E. (Palos Park, IL); Oras, John (Des Plaines, IL); Son, HyunJin (Naperville, IL)

    2008-06-24

    The present invention relates to an apparatus for producing sterile ice slurries for medical cooling applications. The apparatus is capable of producing highly loaded slurries suitable for delivery to targeted internal organs of a patient, such as the brain, heart, lungs, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, and others, through medical size diameter tubing. The ice slurry production apparatus includes a slurry production reservoir adapted to contain a volume of a saline solution. A flexible membrane crystallization surface is provided within the slurry production reservoir. The crystallization surface is chilled to a temperature below a freezing point of the saline solution within the reservoir such that ice particles form on the crystallization surface. A deflector in the form of a reciprocating member is provided for periodically distorting the crystallization surface and dislodging the ice particles which form on the crystallization surface. Using reservoir mixing the slurry is conditioned for easy pumping directly out of the production reservoir via medical tubing or delivery through other means such as squeeze bottles, squeeze bags, hypodermic syringes, manual hand delivery, and the like.

  11. A first evaluation of the role of wave-ice interactions on the global sea ice volume

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    Vancoppenolle, M.; Fichefet, T.; Ackley, S. F.; Shen, H. H.; Massonnet, F.; Mathiot, P.; Lecomte, O.

    2011-12-01

    Sea ice frequently forms in wavy waters. Wave motion packs forming ice crystals into small floes, while the ice attenuates the waves as the ice floes increase in diameter and thickness. Swell has been reported up to a few hundred kilometres inside the ice pack. Because of ocean waves, young ice floes take a rounded shape that led hungry early explorers to give them the name of pancake ice. Observations suggest that pancake ice thickness grows up to twice as fast as for ice forming in quiet seas. In this work we try to evaluate whether future large-scale sea ice models should include wave-ice interactions to properly simulate large-scale distributions of ice concentration and thickness. In the large-scale 3D ice-ocean modelling system NEMO-LIM, a representation of pancake ice formation is included. First, the ERA-40 ocean wave climatology is extrapolated in the sea ice zone as if the ocean was ice-free. After diagnosing the simulated ice edge, ocean waves are propagated from the ice edge further inside the ice pack assuming exponential decay of amplitude. Finally, the thickness of newly forming ice is computed as a function of wave amplitude, as given by the equilibrium pancake ice theory. Wavelength is prescribed. We will show how significantly pancake ice formation affects the ice production, ice concentration and thickness in both hemispheres. The role of key parameters (wave attenuation, equilibrium pancake thickness, ...) on the global sea ice statistics will be investigated through sensitivity experiments.

  12. Climate Impacts of Ice Nucleation

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    Gettelman, Andrew; Liu, Xiaohong; Barahona, Donifan; Lohmann, Ulrike; Chen, Celia

    2012-01-01

    Several different ice nucleation parameterizations in two different General Circulation Models (GCMs) are used to understand the effects of ice nucleation on the mean climate state, and the Aerosol Indirect Effects (AIE) of cirrus clouds on climate. Simulations have a range of ice microphysical states that are consistent with the spread of observations, but many simulations have higher present-day ice crystal number concentrations than in-situ observations. These different states result from different parameterizations of ice cloud nucleation processes, and feature different balances of homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation. Black carbon aerosols have a small (0.06 Wm(exp-2) and not statistically significant AIE when included as ice nuclei, for nucleation efficiencies within the range of laboratory measurements. Indirect effects of anthropogenic aerosols on cirrus clouds occur as a consequence of increasing anthropogenic sulfur emissions with different mechanisms important in different models. In one model this is due to increases in homogeneous nucleation fraction, and in the other due to increases in heterogeneous nucleation with coated dust. The magnitude of the effect is the same however. The resulting ice AIE does not seem strongly dependent on the balance between homogeneous and heterogeneous ice nucleation. Regional effects can reach several Wm2. Indirect effects are slightly larger for those states with less homogeneous nucleation and lower ice number concentration in the base state. The total ice AIE is estimated at 0.27 +/- 0.10 Wm(exp-2) (1 sigma uncertainty). This represents a 20% offset of the simulated total shortwave AIE for ice and liquid clouds of 1.6 Wm(sup-2).

  13. Ice Floats

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    This is a lesson about displacement, buoyancy, and density. Learners will understand why ice floats. Includes background information, teacher notes, assessment criteria, and related resources; activities are differentiated for Pre-K-grade 2 and grades 3-5. This is lesson 4 of the unit Exploring Ice in the Solar System.

  14. Micromechanical prediction of the compressive failure of ice: model development

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    Mao S. Wu; Jian Niu

    1995-01-01

    A micromechanica model of the brittle compressive fracture of polycrystalline ice is presented in this paper. The model is appropriate for describing ice behavior in the ductile-to-brittle transition domain between ?10 and ?50°C. It is based on a statistical description of the ice microstructure, which contains crystals of random sizes and orientations and a random distribution of grain boundary crack

  15. Visible and near infrared reflectances measured from laboratory ice clouds.

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    Barkey, Brian; Liou, K N

    2008-05-01

    We present laboratory results of the 0.68 microm visible (VIS) and 1.617 microm near infrared (NIR) reflectances typically used for inferring optical depth and ice crystal size from satellite radiometers, from ice clouds generated in a temperature controlled column cloud chamber. Two types of ice crystals were produced in this experiment: small columns and dendrites with mean maximum dimensions of about 17 and 35 microm. Within experimental uncertainty, the measured reflectances from ice clouds at both wavelengths agree reasonably well with the theoretical results computed from the plane-parallel adding-doubling method for radiative transfer using the measured ice particle morphology. We demonstrate that laboratory scattering and reflectance data for thin ice clouds with optical depths less than 0.4 can be used for validation of the thin cirrus optical depth and ice crystal size that have been routinely retrieved from the satellite VIS-NIR two channel pair. PMID:18449323

  16. Archimedean Ice

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    Kari Eloranta

    2009-09-22

    The striking boundary dependency (the Arctic Circle phenomenon) exhibited in the ice model on the square lattice extends to other planar set-ups. We present these findings for the triangular and the Kagome lattices. Critical connectivity results guarantee that ice configurations can be generated using the simplest and most efficient local actions. Height functions are utilized throughout the analysis. At the end there is a surprise in store: on the remaining Archimedean lattice for which the ice model can be defined, the 3.4.6.4. lattice, the long range behavior is completely different from the other cases.

  17. The DC-8 Submillimeter-Wave Cloud Ice Radiometer

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    Walter, Steven; Batelaan, Paul; Siegel, Peter; Evans, K. Franklin; Evans, Aaron; Balachandra, Balu; Gannon, Jade; Guldalian, John; Raz, Guy; Shea, James; Smith, Christopher; Thomassen, John

    2000-01-01

    Submillimeter-wave cloud ice radiometry is an innovative technique for determining the amount of ice present in cirrus clouds, measuring median crystal size, and constraining crystal shape. The radiometer described in this poster is being developed to acquire data to validate radiometric retrievals of cloud ice at submillimeter wavelengths. The goal of this effort is to develop a technique to enable spaceborne characterization of cirrus, meeting key climate modeling and NASA measurement needs.

  18. Ice nucleation in the upper troposphere: Sensitivity to aerosol number density, temperature, and cooling rate

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    Jensen, E. J.; Toon, O. B.

    1994-01-01

    We have investigated the processes that control ice crystal nucleation in the upper troposphere using a numerical model. Nucleation of ice resulting from cooling was simulated for a range of aerosol number densities, initial temperatures, and cooling rates. In contrast to observations of stratus clouds, we find that the number of ice crystals that nucleate in cirrus is relatively insensitive to the number of aerosols present. The ice crystal size distribution at the end of the nucleation process is unaffected by the assumed initial aerosol number density. Essentially, nucleation continues until enough ice crystals are present such that their deposition growth rapidly depletes the vapor and shuts off any further nucleation. However, the number of ice crystals nucleated increases rapidly with decreasing initial temperature and increasing cooling rate. This temperature dependence alone could explain the large ice crystal number density observed in very cold tropical cirrus.

  19. Melting Ice

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    2012-08-03

    In this lesson, students explore a discrepant event when they design an experiment to measure the rate that ice melts when in pure water versus salt water. It is designed to help students realize that a carefully-designed experiment may yield unexpected results, due to unseen events, even though the experiment is precisely planned and executed. The addition of a new technology may clarify factors in the experiment which were previously unknown. Note: the experiment requires advance preparation the day before: two buckets of water are set-up (one with plain tap water, the other with as much salt dissolved in it as possible), which need to be at room temperature. It also requires ice cubes of uniform shape (e.g., from an ice maker or ice trays filled to uniform capacity). This lesson is part of the Cosmic Times teachers guide and is intended to be used in conjunction with the 1993 Cosmic Times Poster.

  20. Flammable Ice

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    Science Museum

    2012-04-12

    What's cooler than being cool? Setting ice on fire! In this demonstration, educators can amaze learners by setting ice on fire. Through this activity, learners can explore the properties of everyday materials and observe how these materials can change states to produce gas. Safety note: this activity is not suitable for learners to do themselves and should only be conducted by an experienced educator in a well ventilated lab area. Before doing this demonstration, educators should read the "Practicalities" section.

  1. Anisotropic ice in Glaciers and Polar ice Sheets: Experimental Results and Modelling

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    P. Duval; R. Lebensohn; M. Montagnat

    2007-01-01

    The slow motion of polar ice sheets is governed by the viscous deformation of anisotropic ices. Strain rates are typically between 10-9 and 10-13 s-1 and temperature above -57°C. At such low strain rates, the stress exponent can be lower than 2. But, basal slip is still the dominant deformation mode. At the both scales of the ice crystal and

  2. Seismic anisotropy in ice: numerical modelling, ice core measurements and in-situ observations

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    Kendall, J. M.; Baird, A. F.; Walker, A.; Wookey, J. M.; Lloyd, G. E.; Stuart, G. W.; Harland, S.; Obbard, R. W.; Smith, A.; Brisbourne, A.

    2013-12-01

    The stress distribution and style of flow in ice produces elastic and rheological anisotropy, which informs ice flow modelling as to how ice masses respond to external changes such as global warming. Here observations of shear wave splitting from three-component icequake seismograms are used to characterise ice anisotropy in the Rutford ice stream, West Antarctica. Over 110 high quality measurements are made on 41 events recorded at five stations temporarily deployed near the ice stream grounding line. The magnitude of the splitting ranges from 2ms to 80ms and suggest a maximum of 6% shear wave splitting. The fast shear wave polarisation direction is roughly perpendicular to the ice flow direction. Motivated by these observations, we consider mechanisms for seismic anisotropy in ice using numerical modelling of the development of crystal preferred orientation of ice and measurement of crystal alignment in an ice core using electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD). These results suggest transitions in the style of anisotropy both with depth and laterally within an ice stream. Seismic anisotropy is developed with increasing hydrostatic pressure producing a VTI fabric with a vertical alignment of c-axes (so-called cluster fabric). However, convergence in the ice flow and along-flow extension leads to girdles of c-axes (and an HTI fabric). Based on the Rutford shear-wave splitting observations we can rule out a cluster fabric as the sole cause of anisotropy - an HTI component is needed, which may be due extension in the direction of flow forming a girdle fabric or the alignment of cracks or ice-films in the plane perpendicular to the flow direction. Cumulatively, our observations suggest a combination of anisotropy mechanisms are at play in deforming ice sheets. We discuss seismic measurements that can be made to better discriminate between plausible mechanisms for our shear-wave splitting observations and how these different mechanisms may in turn alter ice flow and glacial response to external changes.

  3. Influence of a phase transition of ice on the heat and mass balance of comets

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    J. Klinger

    1980-01-01

    The effects of the presence of amorphous ice, crystallized at temperatures below 100 K, in comet nuclei on the heat and mass balance of comets are examined. The heat conduction coefficient of amorphous ice is estimated to be at least ten times lower than that of hexagonal ice above 20 K, with the amorphous ice coefficient increasing with temperature up

  4. Nanoscale ice measured through in-situ ellipsometry and ESEM

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    Miller, A. L.; Magee, N. B.; Amaral, M.

    2012-12-01

    Ellipsometery presents a unique way to measure the thicknesses of thin samples to the precision of nanometers; however, this technique has yet to be fully applied to a discipline of atmospheric science that requires utmost precision: the study of growing and ablating cloud ice crystals. We use a diffusion chamber to grow cirrus cloud ice crystals epitaxially and measure their evolving thicknesses and other nanoscale optical properties with a spectroscopic ellipsometer. The environment in which the ice crystals grow is controlled to mimic the conditions present in the atmosphere. Dynamic measurements of crystal thickening reveal a precision record of linear basal facet growth rates. These growth rate measurements are evaluated in the context of standard particle growth parameterizations. Much uncertainty exists in ice crystals' radiative scattering properties, something that may be improved by accounting for mesoscopic surface roughness. It is the goal of this study, in part, to see whether the measurements we make — attained by the reflection of a light beam on the ice crystals — can be corrected by using a model for surface roughness. Because of the difficulty in analyzing the mesoscopic surfaces of ice crystals, emphasis is also placed on development of a mechanism to transport ice crystals to the Princeton Imaging and Analysis Center's FEI-Quanta 200 environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) for examination and imaging. Once images are taken at the Princeton ESEM, the thicknesses of the ice crystals are measured by post-processing geometrical analysis. Our data from the ESEM are then compared to the readings made by our ellipsometer in order to assess the validity of our novel method to grow and investigate the nanoscale properties of ice crystals. Here we show the first results of a novel method to investigate the mesoscopic properties of ice at an unprecedented level of precision.

  5. Food Crystallization and Egg Products

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Sugar, salt, lactose, tartaric acid and ice are examples of constituents than can crystallize in foods. Crystallization in a food product can be either beneficial or detrimental and is of particular importance in candy and frozen desserts. The most common crystal in foods is sugar which affects th...

  6. SURVIVAL OF AMORPHOUS WATER ICE ON CENTAURS

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    Guilbert-Lepoutre, Aurelie, E-mail: aguilbert@ucla.edu [Department of Earth and Space Sciences, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States)

    2012-10-01

    Centaurs are believed to be Kuiper Belt objects in transition between Jupiter and Neptune before possibly becoming Jupiter family comets. Some indirect observational evidence is consistent with the presence of amorphous water ice in Centaurs. Some of them also display a cometary activity, probably triggered by the crystallization of the amorphous water ice, as suggested by Jewitt and this work. Indeed, we investigate the survival of amorphous water ice against crystallization, using a fully three-dimensional thermal evolution model. Simulations are performed for varying heliocentric distances and obliquities. They suggest that crystallization can be triggered as far as 16 AU, though amorphous ice can survive beyond 10 AU. The phase transition is an efficient source of outgassing up to 10-12 AU, which is broadly consistent with the observations of the active Centaurs. The most extreme case is 167P/CINEOS, which barely crystallizes in our simulations. However, amorphous ice can be preserved inside Centaurs in many heliocentric distance-obliquity combinations, below a {approx}5-10 m crystallized crust. We also find that outgassing due to crystallization cannot be sustained for a time longer than 10{sup 4}-10{sup 4} years, leading to the hypothesis that active Centaurs might have recently suffered from orbital changes. This could be supported by both observations (although limited) and dynamical studies.

  7. A simulated Antarctic fast ice ecosystem

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    Arrigo, Kevin R.; Kremer, James N.; Sullivan, Cornelius W.

    1993-01-01

    A 2D numerical ecosystem model of Antarctic land fast ice is developed to elucidate the primary production with the Antarctic sea ice zone. The physical component employs atmospheric data to simulate congelation ice growth, initial brine entrapment, desalination, and nutrient flux. The biological component is based on the concept of a maximum temperature-dependent algal growth rate which is reduced by limitations imposed from insufficient light or nutrients, as well as suboptimal salinity. Preliminary simulations indicate that, during a bloom, microalgae are able to maintain their vertical position relative to the lower congelation ice margin and are not incorporated into the crystal matrix as the ice sheet thickens. It is inferred that land fast sea ice contains numerous microhabitats that are functionally distinct based upon the unique set of processes that control microalgal growth and accumulation within each.

  8. Determination of Ice Cloud Models Using MODIS and MISR Data

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    Xie, Yu; Yang, Ping; Kattawar, George W.; Minnis, Patrick; Hu, Yongxiang; Wu, Dong L.

    2012-01-01

    Representation of ice clouds in radiative transfer simulations is subject to uncertainties associated with the shapes and sizes of ice crystals within cirrus clouds. In this study, we examined several ice cloud models consisting of smooth, roughened, homogeneous and inhomogeneous hexagonal ice crystals with various aspect ratios. The sensitivity of the bulk scattering properties and solar reflectances of cirrus clouds to specific ice cloud models is investigated using the improved geometric optics method (IGOM) and the discrete ordinates radiative transfer (DISORT) model. The ice crystal habit fractions in the ice cloud model may significantly affect the simulations of cloud reflectances. A new algorithm was developed to help determine an appropriate ice cloud model for application to the satellite-based retrieval of ice cloud properties. The ice cloud particle size retrieved from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data, collocated with Multi-angle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) observations, is used to infer the optical thicknesses of ice clouds for nine MISR viewing angles. The relative differences between view-dependent cloud optical thickness and the averaged value over the nine MISR viewing angles can vary from -0.5 to 0.5 and are used to evaluate the ice cloud models. In the case for 2 July 2009, the ice cloud model with mixed ice crystal habits is the best fit to the observations (the root mean square (RMS) error of cloud optical thickness reaches 0.365). This ice cloud model also produces consistent cloud property retrievals for the nine MISR viewing configurations within the measurement uncertainties.

  9. Investigating the « ice mélange » in an ice-shelf coastal rift along the Princess Ragnhild Coast (Antarctica)

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    Depoorter, Mathieu; Samyn, Denis; Hubbard, Bryn; Pattyn, Frank; Matsuoka, Kenny; Dierckx, Marie; Tison, Jean-Louis

    2010-05-01

    This paper presents the first results of a glaciological investigation conducted in the vicinity of the new Belgian Antarctic research station "Princess Elisabeth" during the 2008-2009 Antarctic field season. The study is part of the BELISSIMA project which aim is to investigate the dynamics of transition zones at the grounding line and the interaction of the ice sheet and the ice-shelf with the ocean, with respect to the stability of the ice sheet. The studied site is a conspicuous rift zone developed in a short floating ice shelf, a few kilometres downstream from the grounding line associated with the presence of a coastal ice dome. The rift, very close to the location of the old Belgian Station "Base Roi Baudouin", is about 10 km long and between 0.5 and 4 km wide. A natural ramp on the eastern apex of the rift allowed access to the rift base, from where a series of five, 10-38 m-long cores were recovered. Visual observation of these cores indicates that they consist of heterogeneous ice types, which is typical of what is often referred to as the "ice mélange". Wind-blown snow, firn and ice dominate outside the rift and within the rift's apex ramp. However, within the base of the rift proper, where episodic tensional stresses dominate, the ice is correspondingly more heavily crevassed and shows clear surface albedo contrasts, suggesting material heterogeneity. Ice cores from these areas show an abrupt transition within a few metres of the surface from surface-derived firn and ice to a sharply contrasting ice type that is translucent, greenish, and bubble-free -interpreted as marine ice. Such ice results from the consolidation of frazil ice crystals which are known to be forming in Ice Shelf Water through ice-ocean interactions in other regions of Antarctica (e.g. Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, Amery ice Shelf, Nansen Ice Shelf). One of our drill sites was located in a surface outcrop of marine ice, yielding 13 m of solid translucent ice, overlying ~0.5 m of fragile and loosely consolidated ice before the sub-shelf interface was reached. Borehole images from below this interface reveal an additional thickness of at least 5 m of loose platelet ice crystals located below the shelf, suggesting an active thermohaline convection in the region. The paper presents textural, structural, bulk salinity, bulk density and stable isotopes (DeltaD, Delta18O) results from the five ice cores and discusses origin and transformation of the various ice types forming the "ice mélange" and their potential impact on the welding efficiency of the rift.

  10. Phase Relations and Properties of Salty ices VI and VII: Implications for Solar System Ices

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    Daniel, I.; Manning, C. E.

    2008-12-01

    Ice VI and ice VII may be important in the interiors of Europa, Ganymede, Callisto and Titan. Oceans and interior pore waters in these bodies likely contain dissolved salts. To address the role of salt on ice VI and ice VII, we investigated phase equilibria in the system H2O -NaCl at 1 molal (5.5 wt%) NaCl in an externally heated diamond-anvil cell. Phase identifications were made by optical microscopy combined with Raman spectroscopy. Experiments were conducted at 22-150°C and up to 5 GPa by allowing the cell to thermally equilibrate at a given temperature and then varying pressure isothermally while observing phase changes. The liquidus curves of ice VI and ice VII in a 5.5 wt% NaCl solution were determined. Melting was observed from 22 to 80°C (ice VI) and from 35 to 150°C (ice VII). Both melting curves are steeper than the respective NaCl-free curves, indicating that the freezing-point depression at this bulk composition increases with pressure. The intersection of the two liquidus curves indicates that VI-VII-liquid triple point is shifted toward lower T and higher P relative to pure H2O. The 5.5 wt% NaCl bulk composition crystallizes into a single solid phase of NaCl-bearing ice VI or ice VII solid solution over the investigated T range (the subscript 'ss' indicates solid solution). Large single crystals of ice VIss or ice VIIss can also be grown by slow compression of the cell from near-liquidus conditions to the solidus. Raman spectra of these crystals clearly show zoning in these crystals. The zoning persists for days at 22°C, indicating relatively slow Na+ and Cl- diffusivity. The large depression of the freezing point in a 1 molal NaCl solution has important implications for the oceans and interiors of the icy satellites of Jupiter and Saturn. Salty fluids may remain stable to much greater depth than expected. This would promote extensive hydrothermal metamorphism of the silicate interiors. If not limited to ice VI and VII, this behavior may suppress formation of ices at the bottoms of deep oceans in Titan and the Galilean satellites. The observation that ices VI and VII form solid solutions with NaCl from 22 to 150°C is also important. The qualitative inference of low Na+ and Cl- diffusivity suggests that compositional gradients could persist over at least modest time scales in these ices. Moreover, the presence of NaCl in ice VI and VII will likely reduce their viscosity and increase electrical conductivity.

  11. Predominance of Homogeneous Ice nucleation during the Formation of Cirrus Clouds

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    Barahona, Donifan

    2014-05-01

    Cirrus cloud formation proceeds either by homogeneous freezing (HOM) of liquid droplets or by heterogeneous ice nucleation (HET) on ice nuclei. Liquid droplets are ubiquitous in the upper troposphere and HOM is commonly associated with high concentrations of ice crystals. On the other hand ice nuclei are very scarce in the upper troposphere and cirrus clouds produced by HET tend to have low ice crystal concentration. Recent studies have suggested that observed ice crystal concentration in cirrus is more consistent with a HET scenario than with cirrus clouds formed by HOM. Here we revised such picture and show that although heterogeneous ice nucleation has a significant influence on cirrus formation, when considered over a global basis homogeneous ice nucleation is the predominant mechanism of ice formation. Modeling experiments were carried out with NASA Global Observing System (GEOS). The ice nucleation parameterization in GEOS has been updated to account for the effect of competition between HOM and HET mechanisms, water vapor deposition onto preexisting ice crystals, and parcel history during cirrus cloud formation. When these factors are considered, the ice crystal concentration produced by HOM and HET become comparable. Moreover, over extended areas in the West coast of North and South America, as well as Central Asia HET becomes the predominant path of the ice crystal production. These regions are typically the focus of field campaigns and this may explain the predominance of heterogeneous ice nucleation observed in collected ice crystal residuals. However over the rest of the world, and particularly over most of the Southern Hemisphere, ice crystal production is dominated by HOM. This picture reconciles model results and field campaign observations.

  12. CO2 (dry ice) cleaning system

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    Barnett, Donald M.

    1995-01-01

    Tomco Equipment Company has participated in the dry ice (solid carbon dioxide, CO2) cleaning industry for over ten years as a pioneer in the manufacturer of high density, dry ice cleaning pellet production equipment. For over four years Tomco high density pelletizers have been available to the dry ice cleaning industry. Approximately one year ago Tomco introduced the DI-250, a new dry ice blast unit making Tomco a single source supplier for sublimable media, particle blast, cleaning systems. This new blast unit is an all pneumatic, single discharge hose device. It meters the insertion of 1/8 inch diameter (or smaller), high density, dry ice pellets into a high pressure, propellant gas stream. The dry ice and propellant streams are controlled and mixed from the blast cabinet. From there the mixture is transported to the nozzle where the pellets are accelerated to an appropriate blasting velocity. When directed to impact upon a target area, these dry ice pellets have sufficient energy to effectively remove most surface coatings through dry, abrasive contact. The meta-stable, dry ice pellets used for CO2 cleaning, while labeled 'high density,' are less dense than alternate, abrasive, particle blast media. In addition, after contacting the target surface, they return to their equilibrium condition: a superheated gas state. Most currently used grit blasting media are silicon dioxide based, which possess a sharp tetrahedral molecular structure. Silicon dioxide crystal structures will always produce smaller sharp-edged replicas of the original crystal upon fracture. Larger, softer dry ice pellets do not share the same sharp-edged crystalline structures as their non-sublimable counterparts when broken. In fact, upon contact with the target surface, dry ice pellets will plastically deform and break apart. As such, dry ice cleaning is less harmful to sensitive substrates, workers and the environment than chemical or abrasive cleaning systems. Dry ice cleaning system components include: a dry ice pellet supply, a non-reactive propellant gas source, a pellet and propellant metering device, and a media transport and acceleration hose and nozzle arrangement. Dry ice cleaning system operating parameters include: choice of propellant gas, its pressure and temperature, dry ice mass flow rate, dry ice pellet size and shape, and acceleration nozzle configuration. These parameters may be modified to fit different applications. The growth of the dry ice cleaning industry will depend upon timely data acquisition of the effects that independent changes in these parameters have on cleaning rates, with respect to different surface coating and substrate combinations. With this data, optimization of cleaning rates for particular applications will be possible. The analysis of the applicable range of modulation of these parameters, within system component mechanical constraints, has just begun.

  13. Seismic wave propagation in anisotropic ice - Part 1: Elasticity tensor and derived quantities from ice-core properties

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    Diez, A.; Eisen, O.

    2015-02-01

    A preferred orientation of the anisotropic ice crystals influences the viscosity of the ice bulk and the dynamic behaviour of glaciers and ice sheets. Knowledge about the distribution of crystal anisotropy is mainly provided by crystal orientation fabric (COF) data from ice cores. However, the developed anisotropic fabric influences not only the flow behaviour of ice but also the propagation of seismic waves. Two effects are important: (i) sudden changes in COF lead to englacial reflections, and (ii) the anisotropic fabric induces an angle dependency on the seismic velocities and, thus, recorded travel times. A framework is presented here to connect COF data from ice cores with the elasticity tensor to determine seismic velocities and reflection coefficients for cone and girdle fabrics. We connect the microscopic anisotropy of the crystals with the macroscopic anisotropy of the ice mass, observable with seismic methods. Elasticity tensors for different fabrics are calculated and used to investigate the influence of the anisotropic ice fabric on seismic velocities and reflection coefficients, englacially as well as for the ice-bed contact. Hence, it is possible to remotely determine the bulk ice anisotropy.

  14. Numerical Modeling of Ice Fog in Interior Alaska Using the Weather Research and Forecasting Model

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    Kim, Chang Ki; Stuefer, Martin; Schmitt, Carl G.; Heymsfield, Andrew; Thompson, Greg

    2014-08-01

    An ice microphysics parameterization scheme has been modified to better describe and understand ice fog formation. The modeling effort is based on observations in the Sub-Arctic Region of Interior Alaska, where ice fog occurs frequently during the cold season due to abundant water vapor sources and strong inversions existing near the surface at extremely low air temperatures. The microphysical characteristics of ice fog are different from those of other ice clouds, implying that the microphysical processes of ice should be changed in order to generate ice fog particles. Ice fog microphysical characteristics were derived with the NCAR Video Ice Particle Sampler during strong ice fog cases in the vicinity of Fairbanks, Alaska, in January and February 2012. To improve the prediction of ice fog in the Weather Research and Forecasting model, observational data were used to change particle size distribution properties and gravitational settling rates, as well as to implement a homogeneous freezing process. The newly implemented homogeneous freezing process compliments the existing heterogeneous freezing scheme and generates a higher number concentration of ice crystals than the original Thompson scheme. The size distribution of ice crystals is changed into a Gamma distribution with the shape factor of 2.0, using the observed size distribution. Furthermore, gravitational settling rates are reduced for the ice crystals since the crystals in ice fog do not precipitate in a similar manner when compared to the ice crystals of cirrus clouds. The slow terminal velocity plays a role in increasing the time scale for the ice crystals to settle to the surface. Sensitivity tests contribute to understanding the effects of water vapor emissions as an anthropogenic source on the formation of ice fog.

  15. High density amorphous ice at room temperature

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    Chen, Jing-Yin; Yoo, Choong-Shik

    2011-01-01

    The phase diagram of water is both unusual and complex, exhibiting a wide range of polymorphs including proton-ordered or disordered forms. In addition, a variety of stable and metastable forms are observed. The richness of H2O phases attests the versatility of hydrogen-bonded network structures that include kinetically stable amorphous ices. Information of the amorphous solids, however, is rarely available especially for the stability field and transformation dynamics—but all reported to exist below the crystallization temperature of approximately 150–170 K below 4–5 GPa. Here, we present the evidence of high density amorphous (HDA) ice formed well above the crystallization temperature at 1 GPa—well inside the so-called “no-man’s land.” It is formed from metastable ice VII in the stability field of ice VI under rapid compression using dynamic-diamond anvil cell (d-DAC) and results from structural similarities between HDA and ice VII. The formation follows an interfacial growth mechanism unlike the melting process. Nevertheless, the occurrence of HDA along the extrapolated melt line of ice VII resembles the ice Ih-to-HDA transition, indicating that structural instabilities of parent ice VII and Ih drive the pressure-induced amorphization. PMID:21518902

  16. De-icing: recovery of diffraction intensities in the presence of ice rings

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    Chapman, Michael S.; Somasundaram, Thayumanasamy

    2010-01-01

    Macromolecular structures are routinely determined at cryotemperatures using samples flash-cooled in the presence of cryoprotectants. However, sometimes the best diffraction is obtained under conditions where ice formation is not completely ablated, with the result that characteristic ice rings are superimposed on the macromolecular diffraction. In data processing, the reflections that are most affected by the ice rings are usually excluded. Here, an alternative approach of subtracting the ice diffraction is tested. High completeness can be retained with little adverse effect upon the quality of the integrated data. This offers an alternate strategy when high levels of cryoprotectant lead to loss of crystal quality. PMID:20516627

  17. De-icing: recovery of diffraction intensities in the presence of ice rings

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    Chapman, Michael S.; Somasundaram, Thayumanasamy (Oregon State U.); (FSU)

    2010-11-03

    Macromolecular structures are routinely determined at cryotemperatures using samples flash-cooled in the presence of cryoprotectants. However, sometimes the best diffraction is obtained under conditions where ice formation is not completely ablated, with the result that characteristic ice rings are superimposed on the macromolecular diffraction. In data processing, the reflections that are most affected by the ice rings are usually excluded. Here, an alternative approach of subtracting the ice diffraction is tested. High completeness can be retained with little adverse effect upon the quality of the integrated data. This offers an alternate strategy when high levels of cryoprotectant lead to loss of crystal quality.

  18. THE ROLE OF EGG PRODUCTS IN CRYSTALLIZATION

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    Crystallization in a food product can be either beneficial or detrimental. Sugar, salt, lactose, tartaric acid and ice are examples of constituents than can crystallize in foods. Crystallization is of particular importance in candy and frozen desserts. The most common crystal in foods is sugar. ...

  19. Microphysical Consequences of the Spatial Distribution of Ice Nucleation in Mixed-Phase Stratiform Clouds

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    Yang, Fan; Ovchinnikov, Mikhail; Shaw, Raymond A.

    2014-07-28

    Mixed-phase stratiform clouds can persist even with steady ice precipitation fluxes, and the origin and microphysical properties of the ice crystals are of interest. Vapor deposition growth and sedimentation of ice particles along with a uniform volume source of ice nucleation, leads to a power law relation between ice water content wi and ice number concentration ni with exponent 2.5. The result is independent of assumptions about the vertical velocity structure of the cloud and is therefore more general than the related expression of Yang et al. [2013]. The sensitivity of the wi-ni relationship to the spatial distribution of ice nucleation is confirmed by Lagrangian tracking and ice growth with cloud-volume, cloud-top, and cloud-base sources of ice particles through a time-dependent cloud field. Based on observed wi and ni from ISDAC, a lower bound of 0.006 m^3/s is obtained for the ice crystal formation rate.

  20. High pressure ices

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    Hermann, Andreas; Ashcroft, N. W.; Hoffmann, Roald

    2012-01-01

    H2O will be more resistant to metallization than previously thought. From computational evolutionary structure searches, we find a sequence of new stable and meta-stable structures for the ground state of ice in the 1–5 TPa (10 to 50 Mbar) regime, in the static approximation. The previously proposed Pbcm structure is superseded by a Pmc21 phase at p = 930 GPa, followed by a predicted transition to a P21 crystal structure at p = 1.3 TPa. This phase, featuring higher coordination at O and H, is stable over a wide pressure range, reaching 4.8 TPa. We analyze carefully the geometrical changes in the calculated structures, especially the buckling at the H in O-H-O motifs. All structures are insulating—chemistry burns a deep and (with pressure increase) lasting hole in the density of states near the highest occupied electronic levels of what might be component metallic lattices. Metallization of ice in our calculations occurs only near 4.8 TPa, where the metallic C2/m phase becomes most stable. In this regime, zero-point energies much larger than typical enthalpy differences suggest possible melting of the H sublattice, or even the entire crystal. PMID:22207625

  1. Fracture of multiyear sea ice

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    Sammonds, P. R.; Murrell, S. A. F.; Rist, M. A.

    1998-09-01

    The fracture and flow of multiyear sea ice was investigated under triaxial compression and uniaxial tension in the temperature range -40° to -3.5°C, for strain rates from 10-7 to 10-2s-1 and for confining pressures up to 30 MPa using 40 mm diameter specimens. Specimens both in the horizontal plane of the multiyear floe and perpendicular to this plane were tested. The results of short-rod fracture toughness tests on multiyear and first-year sea ice at temperatures -20°C are also reported. The multiyear sea ice came from an unridged portion of a single floe about 7 m thick, which was found to be massive and not blocky with large voids. The ice had low salinity and high porosity. The inelastic deformation of multiyear sea ice was found to be strongly dependent upon strain rate, temperature, and confining pressure. In compression, four main types of deformation were observed. (1) Under uniaxial compression, completely brittle fracture at high strain rates (of 10-3 to 10-2 s-1) was characterized by multiple axial splitting. (2) Application of even a small confining pressure inhibited splitting, and fracture took place by the formation of a narrow shear fault inclined at 45±3°. (3) At higher confining pressures, plastic deformation accompanied substantial cracking activity. (4) However, at still higher confining pressures, cracking was completely inhibited and deformation was entirely plastic. At -20°C, shear fracture occurred according to a maximum shear stress criterion and hence was pressure independent, with crack nucleation dominating the fracture behavior. At -40°C, however, the shear fracture stress was found to be strongly pressure dependent up to 14 MPa and could be described in terms of a Coulombic failure envelope. The unusual 45° orientation of ice shear fractures, together with the unusual pressure dependencies of ice peak strengths, may be explained by the fact that low-stress slip and cleavage occurs in the basal planes of ice crystals.

  2. Iced Tea

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    Richard Konicek-Moran

    2009-04-01

    Dissolving things in the universal solvent water is an everyday experience for almost all of us. We don't have a lot of trouble dissolving honey in our hot tea, but when it comes to sweetening cold iced tea, it is quite a task, if not almost impossible. O

  3. Forces Generated by High Velocity Impact of Ice on a Rigid Structure

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    Pereira, J. Michael; Padula, Santo A., II; Revilock, Duane M.; Melis, Matthew E.

    2006-01-01

    Tests were conducted to measure the impact forces generated by cylindrical ice projectiles striking a relatively rigid target. Two types of ice projectiles were used, solid clear ice and lower density fabricated ice. Three forms of solid clear ice were tested: single crystal, poly-crystal, and "rejected" poly-crystal (poly-crystal ice in which defects were detected during inspection.) The solid ice had a density of approximately 56 lb/cu ft (0.9 gm/cu cm). A second set of test specimens, termed "low density ice" was manufactured by molding shaved ice into a cylindrical die to produce ice with a density of approximately 40 lb/cu ft (0.65 gm/cu cm). Both the static mechanical characteristics and the crystalline structure of the ice were found to have little effect on the observed transient response. The impact forces generated by low density ice projectiles, which had very low mechanical strength, were comparable to those of full density solid ice. This supports the hypothesis that at a velocity significantly greater than that required to produce fracture in the ice, the mechanical properties become relatively insignificant, and the impact forces are governed by the shape and mass of the projectile.

  4. In-situ aircraft observations of ice concentrations within clouds over the Antarctic Peninsula and Larsen Ice Shelf

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    Grosvenor, D. P.; Choularton, T. W.; Lachlan-Cope, T.; Gallagher, M. W.; Crosier, J.; Bower, K. N.; Ladkin, R. S.; Dorsey, J. R.

    2012-12-01

    In-situ aircraft observations of ice crystal concentrations in Antarctic clouds are presented for the first time. Orographic, layer and wave clouds around the Antarctic Peninsula and Larsen Ice shelf regions were penetrated by the British Antarctic Survey's Twin Otter aircraft, which was equipped with modern cloud physics probes. The clouds studied were mostly in the free troposphere and hence ice crystals blown from the surface are unlikely to have been a major source for the ice phase. The temperature range covered by the experiments was 0 to -21 °C. The clouds were found to contain supercooled liquid water in most regions and at heterogeneous ice formation temperatures ice crystal concentrations (60 s averages) were often less than 0.07 l-1, although values up to 0.22 l-1 were observed. Estimates of observed aerosol concentrations were used as input into the DeMott et al. (2010) ice nuclei (IN) parameterisation. The observed ice crystal number concentrations were generally in broad agreement with the IN predictions, although on the whole the predicted values were higher. Possible reasons for this are discussed and include the lack of IN observations in this region with which to characterise the parameterisation, and/or problems in relating ice concentration measurements to IN concentrations. Other IN parameterisations significantly overestimated the number of ice particles. Generally ice particle concentrations were much lower than found in clouds in middle latitudes for a given temperature. Higher ice crystal concentrations were sometimes observed at temperatures warmer than -9 °C, with values of several per litre reached. These were attributable to secondary ice particle production by the Hallett Mossop process. Even in this temperature range it was observed that there were regions with little or no ice that were dominated by supercooled liquid water. It is likely that in some cases this was due to a lack of seeding ice crystals to act as rimers to initiate secondary ice particle production. This highlights the chaotic and spatially inhomogeneous nature of this process and indicates that the accurate representation of it in global models is likely to represent a challenge. However, the contrast between Hallett Mossop zone ice concentrations and the fairly low concentrations of heterogeneously nucleated ice suggests that the Hallet Mossop process has the potential to be very important in remote, pristine regions such as around the Antarctic coast.

  5. In-situ aircraft observations of ice concentrations within clouds over the Antarctic Peninsula and Larsen Ice Shelf

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    Grosvenor, D. P.; Choularton, T. W.; Lachlan-Cope, T.; Gallagher, M. W.; Crosier, J.; Bower, K. N.; Ladkin, R. S.; Dorsey, J. R.

    2012-07-01

    In-situ aircraft observations of ice crystal concentrations in Antarctic clouds are presented for the first time. Orographic, layer and wave clouds around the Antarctic Peninsula and Larsen Ice shelf regions were penetrated by the British Antarctic Survey's Twin Otter Aircraft, which was equipped with modern cloud physics probes. The clouds studied were mostly in the free troposphere and hence ice crystals blown from the surface are unlikely to have been a major source for the ice phase. The temperature range covered by the experiments was 0 to -21°C. The clouds were found to contain supercooled liquid water in most regions and at heterogeneous ice formation temperatures ice crystal concentrations (60 s averages) were often less than 0.07 l-1, although values up to 0.22 l-1 were observed. Estimates of observed aerosol concentrations were used as input into the DeMott et al., 2010 ice nuclei (IN) parameterisation. The observed ice crystal number concentrations were generally in broad agreement with the IN predictions, although on the whole the predicted values were higher. Possible reasons for this are discussed and include the lack of IN observations in this region with which to characterise the parameterisation, and/or problems in relating ice concentration measurements to IN concentrations. Other IN parameterisations significantly overestimated the number of ice particles. Generally ice particle concentrations were much lower than found in clouds in middle latitudes for a given temperature. Higher ice crystal concentrations were sometimes observed at temperatures warmer than -9 °C, with values of several per litre reached. These were attributable to secondary ice particle production by the Hallett Mossop process. Even in this temperature range it was observed that there were regions with little or no ice that were dominated by supercooled liquid water. It is likely that in some cases this was due to a lack of seeding ice crystals to act as rimers to initiate secondary ice particle production. This highlights the complicated nature of this process and indicates that the accurate representation of it in global models is likely to represent a challenge. However, the contrast between Hallett Mossop zone ice concentrations and the fairly low concentrations of heterogeneously nucleated ice suggests that the Hallet Mossop process has the potential to be very important in remote, pristine regions such as around the Antarctic coast.

  6. Mars water-ice clouds and precipitation.

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    Whiteway, J A; Komguem, L; Dickinson, C; Cook, C; Illnicki, M; Seabrook, J; Popovici, V; Duck, T J; Davy, R; Taylor, P A; Pathak, J; Fisher, D; Carswell, A I; Daly, M; Hipkin, V; Zent, A P; Hecht, M H; Wood, S E; Tamppari, L K; Renno, N; Moores, J E; Lemmon, M T; Daerden, F; Smith, P H

    2009-07-01

    The light detection and ranging instrument on the Phoenix mission observed water-ice clouds in the atmosphere of Mars that were similar to cirrus clouds on Earth. Fall streaks in the cloud structure traced the precipitation of ice crystals toward the ground. Measurements of atmospheric dust indicated that the planetary boundary layer (PBL) on Mars was well mixed, up to heights of around 4 kilometers, by the summer daytime turbulence and convection. The water-ice clouds were detected at the top of the PBL and near the ground each night in late summer after the air temperature started decreasing. The interpretation is that water vapor mixed upward by daytime turbulence and convection forms ice crystal clouds at night that precipitate back toward the surface. PMID:19574386

  7. Forecasting Aviation Icing: Icing Type and Severity

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    This Web-based module presents the various types and severity categories of aircraft icing and outlines the main factors, physical processes, and mesoscale environments that combine to create hazardous icing conditions. The module also includes recent research findings in the area of supercooled large drop (SLD) clear icing and a supplementary section with forecast methods for diagnosing and predicting SLD clear icing conditions.

  8. Iced Coffee Iced Yerba Mate "Tea"

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    Iced Coffee Iced Yerba Mate "Tea" Iced Yerba Mate Latte Iced Chai Tea Latte Original, Green Tea Cafe au Lait Hot Tea Yerba Mate "Tea" Yerba Mate Latte Chai Tea Latte - Original, Green Tea, or Sugar Canned Soda Xing Tea Bottled Water Arizona Teas Energy Drinks Red Bull, SF Red Bull & Bing Jones Sodas $0

  9. Smart Icing Systems for Aircraft Icing Safety

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    Michael B. Bragg; Tamer Basar; William R. Perkins; Michael S. Selig

    2002-01-01

    Ice accretion affects the performance and control of an aircraft and in extreme situations can lead to incidents and accidents. However, changes in performance and control are difficult to sense. As a result, the icing sensors currently in use sense primarily ice accretion, not the effect of the ice. No processed aircraft performance degradation information is available to the pilot.

  10. Modeling interfacial liquid layers on environmental ices

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    Kuo, M. H.; Moussa, S. G.; McNeill, V. F.

    2011-09-01

    Interfacial layers on ice significantly influence air-ice chemical interactions. In solute-containing aqueous systems, a liquid brine may form upon freezing due to the exclusion of impurities from the ice crystal lattice coupled with freezing point depression in the concentrated brine. The brine may be segregated to the air-ice interface where it creates a surface layer, in micropockets, or at grain boundaries or triple junctions. We present a model for brines and their associated liquid layers in environmental ice systems that is valid over a wide range of temperatures and solute concentrations. The model is derived from fundamental equlibrium thermodynamics and takes into account nonideal solution behavior in the brine, partitioning of the solute into the ice matrix, and equilibration between the brine and the gas phase for volatile solutes. We find that these phenomena are important to consider when modeling brines in environmental ices, especially at low temperatures. We demonstrate its application for environmentally important volatile and nonvolatile solutes including NaCl, HCl, and HNO3. The model is compared to existing models and experimental data from literature where available. We also identify environmentally relevant regimes where brine is not predicted to exist, but the QLL may significantly impact air-ice chemical interactions. This model can be used to improve the representation of air-ice chemical interactions in polar atmospheric chemistry models.

  11. Heterogeneous Ice Nuclei Measurements in Monte Cimone, Italy

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    Rudich, Y.; Reicher, N.; Schrod, J.; Bingemer, H. G.

    2013-12-01

    Supercooled liquid droplets may coexist with ice crystals below the freezing point in mixed phase clouds. Although pure liquid droplets will not freeze spontaneously until the homogeneous freezing temperature -38°C, ice crystals exist at warmer temperatures due to the presence of ice nuclei (IN), that allow heterogeneous freezing on their surface. Only a small portion of the natural and anthropogenic aerosols serve as ice nuclei. Each aerosol type has its own ability to create and grow ice. IN ability varies with chemical and physical properties and with the environmental characteristics, as temperature and humidity. In this study, samples of aerosol particles were collected on a daily basis over a period of two weeks, on top of Monte Cimone in Italy (44.18°N, 10.70°E, 2165m asl), as part of the PEGASOS (Pan-European Gas-AeroSOl-climate interaction Study) project. The aerosols precipitated electrostatically onto a silicon wafer for an offline measurement of the ice nucleation ability, using the FRankfurt Ice Nuclei Deposition FreezinG Experiment (FRIDGE). The FRIDGE is a vacuum diffusion chamber that generates the sub-freezing temperatures and the supersaturations above ice, simulating conditions that exist inside a mixed phase cloud. On top of the chamber, a camera monitors the formation of ice crystals and a new counting algorithm reports the number concentration of ice crystals. During this campaign, a Saharan dust storm reached the sampling area and the ice nuclei concentrations were higher compared to the daily ice nuclei concentrations for the rest of the campaign. This result supports the previous findings that dust particles are among the most effective and important natural sources of ice nuclei.

  12. Ice crystals growth driving assembly of porous nitrogen-doped graphene for catalyzing oxygen reduction probed by in situ fluorescence electrochemistry

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    Wang, Jiong; Wang, Huai-Song; Wang, Kang; Wang, Feng-Bin; Xia, Xing-Hua

    2014-01-01

    In recent years, doped carbonaceous materials as alternative catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) have received considerable attention due to the low cost and high CO tolerance capability. Different theoretical studies have suggested that oxygen is reduced in a rapid sequence intermediated by diverse oxygen-containing reactive intermediates (ORI). However, due to the short lifetimes of the possible ORI, direct experimental evidence is very difficult to be obtained. Here, we report the synthesis of an ultralight and porous nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) by annealing graphite oxide (GO)-melamine scaffold shaped in ice template. The resultant NG exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity toward 4e-reduction of oxygen with the onset potential as low as ?0.05?V vs. Ag/AgCl in alkaline media. Using this material as model study, sensitive in situ fluorescence spectroelectrochemistry is applied to demonstrate the presence the reactive ORI. The global ORR pathway is unraveled as stepwise electron transfer involving hydroxyl radical as the important intermediate via both inner- and outer-sphere process. This result would likely provide a new insight into the further understanding of ORR mechanism on those intrinsic carbonaceous materials. PMID:25335571

  13. Ice crystals growth driving assembly of porous nitrogen-doped graphene for catalyzing oxygen reduction probed by in situ fluorescence electrochemistry

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    Wang, Jiong; Wang, Huai-Song; Wang, Kang; Wang, Feng-Bin; Xia, Xing-Hua

    2014-10-01

    In recent years, doped carbonaceous materials as alternative catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) have received considerable attention due to the low cost and high CO tolerance capability. Different theoretical studies have suggested that oxygen is reduced in a rapid sequence intermediated by diverse oxygen-containing reactive intermediates (ORI). However, due to the short lifetimes of the possible ORI, direct experimental evidence is very difficult to be obtained. Here, we report the synthesis of an ultralight and porous nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) by annealing graphite oxide (GO)-melamine scaffold shaped in ice template. The resultant NG exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity toward 4e-reduction of oxygen with the onset potential as low as -0.05 V vs. Ag/AgCl in alkaline media. Using this material as model study, sensitive in situ fluorescence spectroelectrochemistry is applied to demonstrate the presence the reactive ORI. The global ORR pathway is unraveled as stepwise electron transfer involving hydroxyl radical as the important intermediate via both inner- and outer-sphere process. This result would likely provide a new insight into the further understanding of ORR mechanism on those intrinsic carbonaceous materials.

  14. Phase Transformation and Intense 2.7??m Emission from Er3+ Doped YF3/YOF Submicron-crystals

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    Chai, Guanqi; Dong, Guoping; Qiu, Jianrong; Zhang, Qinyuan; Yang, Zhongmin

    2013-01-01

    Yttrium fluoride YF3:Er3+ and yttrium oxyfluoride YOF:Er3+ submicron-crystals with mid-infrared fluorescent emissions were synthesized for the first time. The rhombohedral phase YOF submicron-crystals were synthesized by the crystalline phase transformation from pure orthorhombic YF3 submicron-crystals, which were prepared by co-precipitation method. The composition and morphology were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which showed that submicron-crystals were quasi-spherical with the particle size of ~400?nm. A novel formation mechanism of YOF submicron-crystals was proposed. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra indicated the 2.7??m emission of Er3+ has remarkably enhanced with the increase of Er3+ doping concentration, and a novel dynamic circulatory energy transfer mechanism was proposed. Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR) were used to demonstrate the change of hydroxyl content. These oxyfluoride submicron-crystals provide a new material for nano/submicron-crystals-glass composites, and open a brand new field for the realization of mid-infrared micro/nano-lasers. PMID:23604234

  15. Parameterizing Size Distribution in Ice Clouds

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    DeSlover, Daniel; Mitchell, David L.

    2009-09-25

    PARAMETERIZING SIZE DISTRIBUTIONS IN ICE CLOUDS David L. Mitchell and Daniel H. DeSlover ABSTRACT An outstanding problem that contributes considerable uncertainty to Global Climate Model (GCM) predictions of future climate is the characterization of ice particle sizes in cirrus clouds. Recent parameterizations of ice cloud effective diameter differ by a factor of three, which, for overcast conditions, often translate to changes in outgoing longwave radiation (OLR) of 55 W m-2 or more. Much of this uncertainty in cirrus particle sizes is related to the problem of ice particle shattering during in situ sampling of the ice particle size distribution (PSD). Ice particles often shatter into many smaller ice fragments upon collision with the rim of the probe inlet tube. These small ice artifacts are counted as real ice crystals, resulting in anomalously high concentrations of small ice crystals (D < 100 µm) and underestimates of the mean and effective size of the PSD. Half of the cirrus cloud optical depth calculated from these in situ measurements can be due to this shattering phenomenon. Another challenge is the determination of ice and liquid water amounts in mixed phase clouds. Mixed phase clouds in the Arctic contain mostly liquid water, and the presence of ice is important for determining their lifecycle. Colder high clouds between -20 and -36 oC may also be mixed phase but in this case their condensate is mostly ice with low levels of liquid water. Rather than affecting their lifecycle, the presence of liquid dramatically affects the cloud optical properties, which affects cloud-climate feedback processes in GCMs. This project has made advancements in solving both of these problems. Regarding the first problem, PSD in ice clouds are uncertain due to the inability to reliably measure the concentrations of the smallest crystals (D < 100 µm), known as the “small mode”. Rather than using in situ probe measurements aboard aircraft, we employed a treatment of ice cloud optical properties formulated in terms of PSD parameters in combination with remote measurements of thermal radiances to characterize the small mode. This is possible since the absorption efficiency (Qabs) of small mode crystals is larger at 12 µm wavelength relative to 11 µm wavelength due to the process of wave resonance or photon tunneling more active at 12 µm. This makes the 12/11 µm absorption optical depth ratio (or equivalently the 12/11 µm Qabs ratio) a means for detecting the relative concentration of small ice particles in cirrus. Using this principle, this project tested and developed PSD schemes that can help characterize cirrus clouds at each of the three ARM sites: SGP, NSA and TWP. This was the main effort of this project. These PSD schemes and ice sedimentation velocities predicted from them have been used to test the new cirrus microphysics parameterization in the GCM known as the Community Climate Systems Model (CCSM) as part of an ongoing collaboration with NCAR. Regarding the second problem, we developed and did preliminary testing on a passive thermal method for retrieving the total water path (TWP) of Arctic mixed phase clouds where TWPs are often in the range of 20 to 130 g m-2 (difficult for microwave radiometers to accurately measure). We also developed a new radar method for retrieving the cloud ice water content (IWC), which can be vertically integrated to yield the ice water path (IWP). These techniques were combined to determine the IWP and liquid water path (LWP) in Arctic clouds, and hence the fraction of ice and liquid water. We have tested this approach using a case study from the ARM field campaign called M-PACE (Mixed-Phase Arctic Cloud Experiment). This research led to a new satellite remote sensing method that appears promising for detecting low levels of liquid water in high clouds typically between -20 and -36 oC. We hope to develop this method in future research.

  16. Square ice in graphene nanocapillaries.

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    Algara-Siller, G; Lehtinen, O; Wang, F C; Nair, R R; Kaiser, U; Wu, H A; Geim, A K; Grigorieva, I V

    2015-03-26

    Bulk water exists in many forms, including liquid, vapour and numerous crystalline and amorphous phases of ice, with hexagonal ice being responsible for the fascinating variety of snowflakes. Much less noticeable but equally ubiquitous is water adsorbed at interfaces and confined in microscopic pores. Such low-dimensional water determines aspects of various phenomena in materials science, geology, biology, tribology and nanotechnology. Theory suggests many possible phases for adsorbed and confined water, but it has proved challenging to assess its crystal structure experimentally. Here we report high-resolution electron microscopy imaging of water locked between two graphene sheets, an archetypal example of hydrophobic confinement. The observations show that the nanoconfined water at room temperature forms 'square ice'--a phase having symmetry qualitatively different from the conventional tetrahedral geometry of hydrogen bonding between water molecules. Square ice has a high packing density with a lattice constant of 2.83 Å and can assemble in bilayer and trilayer crystallites. Molecular dynamics simulations indicate that square ice should be present inside hydrophobic nanochannels independently of their exact atomic nature. PMID:25810206

  17. The spectrometer for ice nuclei (SPIN): An instrument for continuous measurements of ice nuclei

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    McMeeking, Gavin; Sagan, Frank; Kok, Greg

    2013-05-01

    Ice in clouds has major impacts on precipitation formation and cloud characteristics including cloud dynamics and radiation. Primary nucleation of ice crystals at temperatures warmer than about -38 C occurs through heterogeneous nucleation by aerosol particles via several possible mechanisms. Droplet Measurement Technologies is producing a commercial ice nuclei (IN) counter sensitive to deposition and immersion/condensation freezing that features a parallel plate diffusion chamber. A high efficiency refrigeration system allows control of the cold wall to temperatures as low as approximately -70 C and the warm wall to temperatures as low as approximately -40 C, allowing measurements of IN activity over a wide range of atmospherically-relevant temperatures and water/ice saturations. Newly formed ice crystals are detected using an optical particle counter that features detection of polarized scattered light to identify ice crystals and distinguish them from liquid droplets. An actively controlled evaporation section can be operated to remove liquid droplets from the chamber output to further aid discrimination between ice and water. The instrument's data system and electronics allow for binning of the data as well as particle-by-particle recording of the forward scattered signal intensity and the backward scattered P and S polarization intensities. Particle sizing is from 0.4 to 10 ?m.

  18. Ice-surface adsorption enhanced colligative effect of antifreeze proteins in ice growth inhibition

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    Mao, Yougang; Ba, Yong

    2006-09-01

    This Communication describes a mechanism to explain antifreeze protein's function to inhibit the growth of ice crystals. We propose that the adsorption of antifreeze protein (AFP) molecules on an ice surface induces a dense AFP-water layer, which can significantly decrease the mole fraction of the interfacial water and, thus, lower the temperature for a seed ice crystal to grow in a super-cooled AFP solution. This mechanism can also explain the nearly unchanged melting point for the ice crystal due to the AFP's ice-surface adsorption. A mathematical model combining the Langmuir theory of adsorption and the colligative effect of thermodynamics has been proposed to find the equilibrium constants of the ice-surface adsorptions, and the interfacial concentrations of AFPs through fitting the theoretical curves to the experimental thermal hysteresis data. This model has been demonstrated by using the experimental data of serial size-mutated beetle Tenebrio molitor (Tm) AFPs. It was found that the AFP's ice-surface adsorptions could increase the interfacial AFP's concentrations by 3 to 4 orders compared with those in the bulk AFP solutions.

  19. Snowflakes and Snow Crystals

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    Libbrecht, Kenneth George.

    Professor Kenneth Libbrecht at Caltech University is very interested in crystal growth and pattern formation in ice. So interested in fact, he went ahead and created this lovely website (last reviewed in the November 27, 2002 Scout Report) that documents the very wide, and very interesting world, of "snowflakes, snow crystals, and other ice phenomena.� First-time visitors should look over the "Snowflake Physics" section, which includes a snowflake primer, crystal faceting, and of course, a set of musings on that much-discussed question: "Is it really true that no two snowflakes are alike?� The site also contains a section on "Historic Snowflakes", which contains the thoughts and insights of Johannes Kepler, Rene Descartes and Robert Hooke (among others) on mysteries of snowflakes and snow crystals. The site is rounded out by clutch of snow activities, snowflake "hot spots", and a snowflake image for users" desktops.

  20. Effect of biopolymers on structure and ice recrystallization in dynamically frozen ice cream model systems.

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    Regand, A; Goff, H D

    2002-11-01

    Ice crystal growth and microstructure of sugarsolutions prepared with stabilizers (carboxymethyl cellulose [CMC], xanthan gum, locust bean gum [LBG], and gelatin) with or without milk solids-nonfat (MSNF) after freezing in a scraped surface heat exchanger and temperature cycling (5 cycles from -6 degrees C to -20 degrees C) were studied. Ice crystal growth was calculated from brightfield microscopic images acquired from samples before and after cycling. Freeze-substitution and low-temperature embedding (LR-Gold resin) were sample preparation techniques utilized for structure analyses by light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Differential staining for carbohydrates and proteins allowed the identification of stabilizer gel-like structures in LBG, gelatin, and gelatin/MSNF solutions. In the absence of milk proteins, xanthan and LBG were the most effective at retarding recrystallization, while in their presence, only xanthan had an effect. Cryo-gelation of the LBG was observed but is not the only mechanism of stabilizer action. Thermodynamic incompatibility between biopolymers was observed to promote localized high concentrations of milk proteins located at the ice crystal interface, probably exerting a water-holding action that significantly enhanced the stabilizer effect. Qualitatively, solution heterogeneity (phase separation) was directly proportional to ice crystal growth inhibition. It is suggested that water-holding by stabilizer and proteins, and in some cases steric hindrance induced by a stabilizer gel-like network, caused a reduction in the kinetics of the ice recrystallization phenomena and promoted mechanisms of melt-regrow instead of melt-diffuse-grow recrystallization, thus resulting in the preservation of the ice crystal size and in a small span of the ice crystal size distribution. PMID:12487439

  1. Electric Charge Transfer Associated with Temperature Gradients in Ice

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Latham; B. J. Mason

    1961-01-01

    The development of electric potentials in ice crystals under the influence of temperature gradients is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. The maintenance of a steady temperature gradient across a piece of ice is accompanied by concentration gradients of H^+ and OH^- ions; because of the much greater mobility of H^+ ions, these diffuse more rapidly into the colder part of

  2. Clathrate hydrate formation in amorphous cometary ice analogs in vacuo

    Microsoft Academic Search

    David Blake; Louis Allamandola; Scott Sandford; Doug Hudgins; Friedemann Freund

    1991-01-01

    Experiments conducted in clathrate hydrates with a modified electron microscope have demonstrated the possibility of such compounds' formation during the warming of vapor-deposited amorphous ices in vacuo, through rearrangements in the solid state. Subsolidus crystallization of compositionally complex amorphous ices may therefore be a general and ubiquitous process. Phase separations and microporous textures thus formed may be able to account

  3. Ice flow at low deviatoric stress

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pettit, Erin C.; Waddington, Edwin D.

    The effective viscosity of ice depends upon many factors, including temperature, deviatoric stress, crystal orientation and impurities. A flow law that includes these factors and is simple to implement is a requirement for numerically efficient ice-flow models. The dominant microscale flow mechanism changes as temperature, deviatoric stress or grain-size changes. For both anisotropic and isotropic constitutive relations, this shift in dominant flow mechanism is expressed as a change in the stress exponent. We study the effects of this shift in stress exponent on ice flow using a two-term flow law for isotropic ice. Our stress-strain-rate relationship does not explicitly describe the microscale processes of ice deformation; however, it encompasses a range of deformation behaviors with a simple law.In terrestrial ice, a flow-mechanism shift may occur in low-deviatoric-stress regions near ice divides, resulting in a near-linear constitutive relationship for ice flow. Compared to a non-linear (Glen) divide, a divide dominated by a near-linear flow mechanism has verticalvelocity profiles that are similar at divide and flank sites, internal layers that do not develop a Raymond bump, and a steady-state surface profile that is more rounded near the divide.

  4. Concentrated englacial shear over rigid basal ice, West Antarctica: implications for modelling and ice sheet flow

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ross, Neil; Siegert, Martin

    2014-05-01

    Basal freeze-on, deformation and ice crystal fabric re-organisation have been invoked to explain thick, massive englacial units observed in the lower ice column of both the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. Whilst recognised as having very different rheological properties to overlying meteoric ice, studies assessing the impact of these basal units on the large-scale flow of an ice sheet have so far been limited. We report the discovery of a previously unknown, extensive (100 km long, more than 25 km wide, and up to 1 km thick) englacial unit of near-basal ice beneath the onset zone of the Institute Ice Stream, West Antarctica. Using radio-echo sounding observations, we describe the form and physical characteristics of this englacial unit, and its impact on the stratigraphy and internal deformation of the overlying ice. The lower englacial unit, characterised by a highly-deformed to massive structure, is inferred to be rheologically distinct from the overlying ice column. The overlying ice contains a series of englacial 'whirlwind' features, which are traceable and exhibit longitudinal continuity between flow-orthogonal radar lines. In our data, these whirlwinds are the representation of englacial layer buckling, and therefore provide robust evidence for enhanced ice flow. The interface between the primary ice units is sharp and abrupt, and at a macro-scale is characterised by a series of high-amplitude long-wavelength undulations. Immediately above this interface, whirlwind features are deformed and display evidence for flow-orthogonal horizontal shear, consistent with the deformation of the overlying ice across the basal ice unit. This phenomenon is not a local process, it is observed above the entirety of the currently mapped extent of the basal ice, nor is it dependent on flight orientation, the direction of shear is consistent regardless of flight orientation. These findings have clear significance for our understanding and ability to realistically model ice sheet flow. Our observations suggest that, in parts of the onset zone of the Institute Ice Stream, the flow of the ice sheet effectively ignores the basal topography. Instead, enhanced ice flow responds to a pseudo-bed, with internal deformation concentrated and terminating at an englacial rheological interface between the upper ice sheet column and the massive basal ice. Although we cannot entirely rule out basal accretion as the cause of the strong englacial interface and thick basal layer, discrete englacial shearing acting to realign ice crystals, may be the best explanation for the basal unit in this case. Our results demonstrate that we will, at the very least, need to adapt numerical models of those parts of the ice sheet with extensive and thick basal ice units, and that we may even need to carefully reconsider existing schematic models of ice flow, to incorporate processes associated with concentrated englacial shear.

  5. Ice growth in supercooled solutions of antifreeze glycoproteins

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Harrison, K.; Hallett, J.; Burcham, T. S.; Feeney, R. E.; Kerr, W. L.

    1987-01-01

    The effects of different degrees of supercooling on the habit and rates of growth of ice crystals from solutions of antifreeze glycoproteins are reported. To isolate the influence of different solutions and supercooling alone, a system was devised that nucleated crystals in the middle of a uniformly supercooled sample. Alternatively, single crystals of selected orientation were inserted into free liquid surface. A crystallization rate up to five times greater than that in pure water was found. A mechanism explaining these results is suggested.

  6. Ice Zones: Where We Look for Ice

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    2012-10-17

    In this activity, learners draw conclusions about where on a planetary body scientists might look for ice and why. They use a clay ball, ice cubes, and a heat lamp to model the permanently-shadowed polar regions of planets and moons that may harbor ice. They learn that our Moon, and even Mercury, may have areas with ice. This activity is part of Explore! To the Moon and Beyond! - a resource developed specifically for use in libraries.

  7. The Influence of Polysaccharides on the Glass Transition in Frozen Sucrose Solutions and Ice Cream

    Microsoft Academic Search

    H. D. Goff; K. B. Caldwell; D. W. Stanley; T. J. Maurice

    1993-01-01

    The objective of this study was to describe further the mechanism by which polysaccharide stabilizers contribute to stability of frozen dairy desserts. The influence of stabilizers on the thermal properties and viscosity of carbohydrate solutions at subzero temperatures, on the thermal properties of ice cream mix, and on ice crystallization and growth in ice cream were investigated. Polysaccharide stabilizers did

  8. Ice clouds over Fairbanks, Alaska

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Kayetha, Vinay Kumar

    Arctic clouds have been recognized long ago as one of the key elements modulating the global climate system. They have gained much interest in recent years because the availability of new continuous datasets is opening doors to explore cloud and aerosol properties as never before. This is particularly important in the light of current climate change studies that predict changing weather scenarios around the world. This research investigates the occurrence and properties of a few types of ice clouds over the Arctic region with datasets available through the Arctic Facility for Atmospheric Remote Sensing (AFARS; 64.86° N, 147.84° W). This study exclusively focuses on ice clouds that form in the upper (cirrus clouds) and midlevels of the troposphere, and that are transparent to laser pulses (visible optical depth, tau < 3.0 -- 4.0). Cirrus clouds are ice-dominated clouds that are formed in the upper levels of the troposphere and are relatively thin such that their visual appearances range from bluish to gray in color. Mid-level ice clouds are those clouds primarily composed of ice crystals forming in the midlevels of the troposphere. It is hypothesized that unlike the basic midlevel cloud type (altostratus), other varieties of midlevel ice clouds exist at times over the Arctic region. The midlevel ice clouds studied here are also transparent to laser pulses and sometimes appear as a family of cirrus clouds to a surface observer. Because of their intermediate heights of occurrence in the troposphere, these could have microphysical properties and radiative effects that are distinct from those associated with upper level ice clouds in the troposphere. A ground-based lidar dataset with visual observations for identifying cloud types collected at AFARS over eight years is used to investigate this hypothesis. Cloud types over AFARS have been identified by a surface observer (Professor Kenneth Sassen) using established characteristics traits. Essential macrophysical properties of the clouds are derived from the lidar data, which serves as a climatological representation for the visually identified cirrus and mid-level ice clouds over a typical sub-Arctic location. Synoptic-scale weather patterns conducive for such cloud type formations are derived using a clustering technique applied to a re-analysis dataset. The cloud properties derived from ground-based lidar over AFARS are used to assess the cloud observations from the CALIPSO satellite.

  9. Friction of ice on ice

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schulson, Erland M.; Fortt, Andrew L.

    2012-12-01

    New measurements have been made of the friction coefficient of freshwater polycrystalline ice sliding slowly (5 × 10-8 to 1 × 10-3 m s-1) upon itself at temperatures from 98 to 263 K under low normal stresses (?98 kPa). Sliding obeys Coulomb's law: the shear stress is directly proportional to the normal stress across the interface, while cohesion offers little contribution to frictional resistance. The coefficient of kinetic friction of smooth surfaces varies from ?k = 0.15 to 0.76 and, at elevated temperatures (?223 K), exhibits both velocity strengthening at lower velocities (<10-5 to 10-4 m s-1) and velocity weakening at higher velocities. Strengthening and weakening are attributed to creep deformation of asperities and localized melting, respectively. At intermediate temperatures of 173 and 133 K, the kinetic coefficient appears to not exhibit significant dependence upon velocity. However, at the low temperature of 98 K the coefficient of kinetic friction exhibits moderate velocity strengthening at both the lowest and the highest velocities but velocity independence over the range of intermediate velocities. No effect was detected of either grain size or texture. Over the range of roughness 0.4 × 10-6 m ? Ra ? 12 × 10-6 m, a moderate effect was detected, where ?k ? Ra0.08. Slide-hold-slide experiments revealed that the coefficient of static friction increases by an amount that scales logarithmically with holding time. Implications of the results are discussed in relation to shearing across "tiger stripe" faults within the icy crust of Saturn's Enceladus, sliding of the arctic sea ice cover and brittle compressive failure of cold ice.

  10. Physical characteristics of summer sea ice across the Arctic Ocean

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    Tucker, W. B., III; Gow, A.J.; Meese, D.A.; Bosworth, H.W.; Reimnitz, E.

    1999-01-01

    Sea ice characteristics were investigated during July and August on the 1994 transect across the Arctic Ocean. Properties examined from ice cores included salinity, temperature, and ice structure. Salinities measured near zero at the surface, increasing to 3-4??? at the ice-water interface. Ice crystal texture was dominated by columnar ice, comprising 90% of the ice sampled. Surface albedos of various ice types, measured with radiometers, showed integrated shortwave albedos of 0.1 to 0.3 for melt ponds, 0.5 for bare, discolored ice, and 0.6 to 0.8 for a deteriorated surface or snow-covered ice. Aerial photography was utilized to document the distribution of open melt ponds, which decreased from 12% coverage of the ice surface in late July at 76??N to almost none in mid-August at 88??N. Most melt ponds were shallow, and depth bore no relationship to size. Sediment was pervasive from the southern Chukchi Sea to the north pole, occurring in bands or patches. It was absent in the Eurasian Arctic, where it had been observed on earlier expeditions. Calculations of reverse trajectories of the sediment-bearing floes suggest that the southernmost sediment was entrained during ice formation in the Beaufort Sea while more northerly samples probably originated in the East Siberian Sea, some as far west as the New Siberian Islands.

  11. Detections of Trans-Neptunian Ice in Protoplanetary Disks

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    McClure, M. K.; Espaillat, C.; Calvet, N.; Bergin, E.; D'Alessio, P.; Watson, D. M.; Manoj, P.; Sargent, B.; Cleeves, L. I.

    2015-02-01

    We present Herschel Space Observatory PACS spectra of T Tauri stars, in which we detect amorphous and crystalline water ice features. Using irradiated accretion disk models, we determine the disk structure and ice abundance in each of the systems. Combining a model-independent comparison of the ice feature strength and disk size with a detailed analysis of the model ice location, we estimate that the ice emitting region is at disk radii >30 AU, consistent with a proto-Kuiper belt. Vertically, the ice emits most below the photodesorption zone, consistent with Herschel observations of cold water vapor. The presence of crystallized water ice at a disk location (1) colder than its crystallization temperature and (2) where it should have been re-amorphized in ~1 Myr suggests that localized generation is occurring; the most likely cause appears to be micrometeorite impact or planetesimal collisions. Based on simple tests with UV models and different ice distributions, we suggest that the SED shape from 20 to 50 ?m may probe the location of the water ice snowline in the disk upper layers. This project represents one of the first extra-solar probes of the spatial structure of the cometary ice reservoir thought to deliver water to terrestrial planets.

  12. Color Reveals Translucent Seasonal Ice

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2007-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Figure 1

    In a region near the south pole of Mars translucent carbon dioxide ice covers the ground seasonally. For the first time we can 'see' the translucent ice by the affect it has on the appearance of the surface below.

    Dark fans of dust (figure 1) from the surface drape over the top of the seasonal ice. The surface would be the same color as the dust except that the seasonal ice affecting its appearance. Bright bluish streaks are frost that has re-crystallized from the atmosphere.

    Sunlight can penetrate through the seasonal layer of translucent ice to warm the ground below. That causes the seasonal ice layer to sublime (evaporate) from the bottom rather than the top.

    Observation Geometry Image PSP_002942_0935 was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on 13-Mar-2007. The complete image is centered at -86.4 degrees latitude, 99.2 degrees East longitude. The range to the target site was 245.4 km (153.4 miles). At this distance the image scale is 49.1 cm/pixel (with 2 x 2 binning) so objects 147 cm across are resolved. The image shown here has been map-projected to 50 cm/pixel . The image was taken at a local Mars time of 06:41 PM and the scene is illuminated from the west with a solar incidence angle of 82 degrees, thus the sun was about 8 degrees above the horizon. At a solar longitude of 199.6 degrees, the season on Mars is Northern Autumn.

  13. Thermodynamics of ice nucleation in liquid water.

    PubMed

    Wang, Xin; Wang, Shui; Xu, Qinzhi; Mi, Jianguo

    2015-01-29

    We present a density functional theory approach to investigate the thermodynamics of ice nucleation in supercooled water. Within the theoretical framework, the free-energy functional is constructed by the direct correlation function of oxygen-oxygen of the equilibrium water, and the function is derived from the reference interaction site model in consideration of the interactions of hydrogen-hydrogen, hydrogen-oxygen, and oxygen-oxygen. The equilibrium properties, including vapor-liquid and liquid-solid phase equilibria, local structure of hexagonal ice crystal, and interfacial structure and tension of water-ice are calculated in advance to examine the basis for the theory. The predicted phase equilibria and the water-ice surface tension are in good agreement with the experimental data. In particular, the critical nucleus radius and free-energy barrier during ice nucleation are predicted. The critical radius is similar to the simulation value, suggesting that the current theoretical approach is suitable in describing the thermodynamic properties of ice crystallization. PMID:25546012

  14. Minimalist Model of Ice Microphysics in Mixed-phase Stratiform Clouds

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    Yang, F.; Ovchinnikov, Mikhail; Shaw, Raymond A.

    2013-07-28

    The question of whether persistent ice crystal precipitation from super cooled layer clouds can be explained by time-dependent, stochastic ice nucleation is explored using an approximate, analytical model, and a large-eddy simulation (LES) cloud model. The updraft velocity in the cloud defines an accumulation zone, where small ice particles cannot fall out until they are large enough, which will increase the residence time of ice particles in the cloud. Ice particles reach a quasi-steady state between growth by vapor deposition and fall speed at cloud base. The analytical model predicts that ice water content (wi) has a 2.5 power law relationship with ice number concentration ni. wi and ni from a LES cloud model with stochastic ice nucleation also confirm the 2.5 power law relationship. The prefactor of the power law is proportional to the ice nucleation rate, and therefore provides a quantitative link to observations of ice microphysical properties.

  15. Food Crystals: the Role of Eggs

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Sugar, salt, lactose, tartaric acid and ice are examples of constituents than can crystallize in foods. Crystallization in a food product can be beneficial or detrimental and is of particular importance in candy and frozen desserts. The most common crystal in foods is sugar which affects the quali...

  16. Scrambled Ice

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1998-01-01

    This complex area on the side of Europa which faces away from Jupiter shows several types of features which are formed by disruptions of Europa's icy crust. North is to the top of the image, taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft, and the Sun illuminates the surface from the left. The prominent wide, dark bands are up to 20 kilometers (12 miles) wide and over 50 kilometers (30 miles) long. They are believed to have formed when Europa's icy crust fractured, separated and filled in with darker, 'dirtier' ice or slush from below. A relatively rare type of feature on Europa is the 15-kilometer-diameter (9.3-mile) impact crater in the lower left corner. The small number of impact craters on Europa's surface is an indication of its relatively young age. A region of chaotic terrain south of this impact crater contains crustal plates which have broken apart and rafted into new positions. Some of these 'ice rafts' are nearly 1 kilometer (about half a mile) across. Other regions of chaotic terrain are visible and indicate heating and disruption of Europa's icy crust from below. The youngest features in this scene are the long, narrow cracks in the ice which cut across all other features. One of these cracks is about 30 kilometers (18 miles) to the right of the impact crater and extends for hundreds of miles from the top to the bottom of the image.

    The image, centered near 23 degrees south latitude and 179 degrees longitude, covers an area about 240 by 215 kilometers (150 by 130 miles) across. The finest details that can be discerned in this picture are about 460 meters (500 yards) across. The image was taken as Galileo flew by Europa on March 29, 1998. The image was taken by the onboard solid state imaging system camera from an altitude of 23,000 kilometers (14,000 miles).

    The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA manages the Galileo mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, DC. JPL is an operating division of California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

    This image and other images and data received from Galileo are posted on the World Wide Web, on the Galileo mission home page at URL http://galileo.jpl.nasa.gov. Background information and educational context for the images can be found at URL http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/sepo

  17. Examination of Icing Induced Loss of Control and Its Mitigations

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    Reehorst, Andrew L.; Addy, Harold E., Jr.; Colantonio, Renato O.

    2010-01-01

    Factors external to the aircraft are often a significant causal factor in loss of control (LOC) accidents. In today s aviation world, very few accidents stem from a single cause and typically have a number of causal factors that culminate in a LOC accident. Very often the "trigger" that initiates an accident sequence is an external environment factor. In a recent NASA statistical analysis of LOC accidents, aircraft icing was shown to be the most common external environmental LOC causal factor for scheduled operations. When investigating LOC accident or incidents aircraft icing causal factors can be categorized into groups of 1) in-flight encounter with super-cooled liquid water clouds, 2) take-off with ice contamination, or 3) in-flight encounter with high concentrations of ice crystals. As with other flight hazards, icing induced LOC accidents can be prevented through avoidance, detection, and recovery mitigations. For icing hazards, avoidance can take the form of avoiding flight into icing conditions or avoiding the hazard of icing by making the aircraft tolerant to icing conditions. Icing detection mitigations can take the form of detecting icing conditions or detecting early performance degradation caused by icing. Recovery from icing induced LOC requires flight crew or automated systems capable of accounting for reduced aircraft performance and degraded control authority during the recovery maneuvers. In this report we review the icing induced LOC accident mitigations defined in a recent LOC study and for each mitigation describe a research topic required to enable or strengthen the mitigation. Many of these research topics are already included in ongoing or planned NASA icing research activities or are being addressed by members of the icing research community. These research activities are described and the status of the ongoing or planned research to address the technology needs is discussed

  18. Experimental and theoretical spectral reflection properties of ice clouds generated in a laboratory chamber

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    Takano, Yoshihide

    spectrometer with a resolution of approximately 0.1 m for ice crystal clouds generated in a cold chamber chamber. The objectives of the present cloud spectroscopy experiments are twofold: to cross check properties for ice crystal clouds generated in a cloud chamber. This experiment is similar to the one

  19. Why does large relative humidity with respect to ice persist in cirrus ice clouds?

    PubMed

    Bogdan, A; Molina, M J

    2009-12-24

    According to observations, a large relative humidity with respect to ice, RH(i) > 100%, often persists outside and inside upper tropospheric cirrus ice clouds. The persistence of the large in-cloud RH(i) means that H(2)O is slowly deposited onto cloud ice crystals. This unusual physical situation is similar to one in which a released body would slowly fall owing to gravitation. Here we present a physical mechanism which can be responsible for the persistence of large in-cloud RH(i). We find that clear-sky RH(i) up to 176% can be built up prior to the formation of ice cirrus by the homogeneous freezing of aqueous droplets containing H(2)SO(4) and HNO(3). As the droplets are cooled, a phase separation, which occurs during freezing, leads to the formation of a residual solution coating around the ice crystals formed. The coating can serve as a shield, slowing the rate of ice growth by approximately 10(3) in comparison with uncoated ice, and this can be a reason for the persistence of the large in-cloud RH(i). PMID:19925002

  20. Global Ice Viewer

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    This website explores the sentinels of climate change with a 3D interactive global ice viewer. View the effects of climate change on glaciers, sea ice, and continental ice sheets worldwide, in Greenland, Arctic and Antarctica through time lapse movies of ice melt and trends, comparison photographs and maps. Links to NASA satellites and their missions are provided.

  1. Make Ice Cream

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

    2012-01-01

    Learners add salt to ice to chill it lower than its freezing point. This chilled ice can then be used to freeze milk and sugar into ice cream. Learners can experiment by adding different flavors such as fruit juices and candy to the ice cream mix.

  2. Modern Airfoil Ice Accretions

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Addy, Harold E., Jr.; Potapczuk, Mark G.; Sheldon, David W.

    1997-01-01

    This report presents results from the first icing tests performed in the Modem Airfoils program. Two airfoils have been subjected to icing tests in the NASA Lewis Icing Research Tunnel (IRT). Both airfoils were two dimensional airfoils; one was representative of a commercial transport airfoil while the other was representative of a business jet airfoil. The icing test conditions were selected from the FAR Appendix C envelopes. Effects on aerodynamic performance are presented including the effects of varying amounts of glaze ice as well as the effects of approximately the same amounts of glaze, mixed, and rime ice. Actual ice shapes obtained in these tests are also presented for these cases. In addition, comparisons are shown between ice shapes from the tests and ice shapes predicted by the computer code, LEWICE for similar conditions. Significant results from the tests are that relatively small amounts of ice can have nearly as much effect on airfoil lift coefficient as much greater amounts of ice and that glaze ice usually has a more detrimental effect than either rime or mixed ice. LEWICE predictions of ice shapes, in general, compared reasonably well with ice shapes obtained in the IRT, although differences in details of the ice shapes were observed.

  3. Ice sheet margins and ice shelves

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Thomas, R. H.

    1984-01-01

    The effect of climate warming on the size of ice sheet margins in polar regions is considered. Particular attention is given to the possibility of a rapid response to warming on the order of tens to hundreds of years. It is found that the early response of the polar regions to climate warming would be an increase in the area of summer melt on the ice sheets and ice shelves. For sufficiently large warming (5-10C) the delayed effects would include the breakup of the ice shelves by an increase in ice drainage rates, particularly from the ice sheets. On the basis of published data for periodic changes in the thickness and melting rates of the marine ice sheets and fjord glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica, it is shown that the rate of retreat (or advance) of an ice sheet is primarily determined by: bedrock topography; the basal conditions of the grounded ice sheet; and the ice shelf condition downstream of the grounding line. A program of satellite and ground measurements to monitor the state of ice sheet equilibrium is recommended.

  4. Ice cloud processing of ultra-viscous/glassy aerosol particles leads to enhanced ice nucleation ability

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    Wagner, R.; Möhler, O.; Saathoff, H.; Schnaiter, M.; Skrotzki, J.; Leisner, T.; Wilson, T. W.; Malkin, T. L.; Murray, B. J.

    2012-04-01

    The ice nucleation potential of airborne glassy aqueous aerosol particles has been investigated by controlled expansion cooling cycles in the AIDA aerosol and cloud chamber of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology at temperatures between 247 and 216 K. Four different solutes were used as proxies for oxygenated organic matter found in the atmosphere: raffinose, 4-hydroxy-3-methoxy-DL-mandelic acid (HMMA), levoglucosan, and a multi-component mixture of raffinose with five dicarboxylic acids and ammonium sulphate. Similar to previous experiments with citric acid aerosols, all particles were found to nucleate ice heterogeneously before reaching the homogeneous freezing threshold provided that the freezing cycles were started well below the respective glass transition temperatures of the compounds; this is discussed in detail in a separate article. In this contribution, we identify a further mechanism by which glassy aerosols can promote ice nucleation below the homogeneous freezing limit. If the glassy aerosol particles are probed in freezing cycles started only a few degrees below their respective glass transition temperatures, they enter the liquid regime of the state diagram upon increasing relative humidity (moisture-induced glass-to-liquid transition) before being able to act as heterogeneous ice nuclei. Ice formation then only occurs by homogeneous freezing at elevated supersaturation levels. When ice forms the remaining solution freeze concentrates and re-vitrifies. If these ice cloud processed glassy aerosol particles are then probed in a second freezing cycle at the same temperature, they catalyse ice formation at a supersaturation threshold between 5 and 30% with respect to ice. By analogy with the enhanced ice nucleation ability of insoluble ice nuclei like mineral dusts after they nucleate ice once, we refer to this phenomenon as pre-activation. We propose a number of possible explanations for why glassy aerosols that have re-vitrified in contact with the ice crystals during the preceding homogeneous freezing cycle exhibit pre-activation: they may retain small ice embryos in pores, have footprints on their surface which match the ice lattice, or simply have a much greater surface area or different surface microstructure compared to the unprocessed glassy aerosol particles. Pre-activation must be considered for the correct interpretation of experimental results on the heterogeneous ice nucleation ability of glassy aerosol particles and may provide a mechanism of producing a population of extremely efficient ice nuclei in the upper troposphere.

  5. Ice cloud processing of ultra-viscous/glassy aerosol particles leads to enhanced ice nucleation ability

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    Wagner, R.; Möhler, O.; Saathoff, H.; Schnaiter, M.; Skrotzki, J.; Leisner, T.; Wilson, T. W.; Malkin, T. L.; Murray, B. J.

    2012-09-01

    The ice nucleation potential of airborne glassy aqueous aerosol particles has been investigated by controlled expansion cooling cycles in the AIDA aerosol and cloud chamber of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology at temperatures between 247 and 216 K. Four different solutes were used as proxies for oxygenated organic matter found in the atmosphere: raffinose, 4-hydroxy-3-methoxy-DL-mandelic acid (HMMA), levoglucosan, and a multi-component mixture of raffinose with five dicarboxylic acids and ammonium sulphate. Similar to previous experiments with citric acid aerosols, all particles were found to nucleate ice heterogeneously before reaching the homogeneous freezing threshold provided that the freezing cycles were started well below the respective glass transition temperatures of the compounds; this is discussed in detail in a separate article. In this contribution, we identify a further mechanism by which glassy aerosols can promote ice nucleation below the homogeneous freezing limit. If the glassy aerosol particles are probed in freezing cycles started only a few degrees below their respective glass transition temperatures, they enter the liquid regime of the state diagram upon increasing relative humidity (moisture-induced glass-to-liquid transition) before being able to act as heterogeneous ice nuclei. Ice formation then only occurs by homogeneous freezing at elevated supersaturation levels. When ice forms the remaining solution freeze concentrates and re-vitrifies. If these ice cloud processed glassy aerosol particles are then probed in a second freezing cycle at the same temperature, they catalyse ice formation at a supersaturation threshold between 5 and 30% with respect to ice. By analogy with the enhanced ice nucleation ability of insoluble ice nuclei like mineral dusts after they nucleate ice once, we refer to this phenomenon as pre-activation. We propose a number of possible explanations for why glassy aerosol particles that have re-vitrified in contact with the ice crystals during the preceding homogeneous freezing cycle exhibit pre-activation: they may retain small ice embryos in pores, have footprints on their surface which match the ice lattice, or simply have a much greater surface area or different surface microstructure compared to the unprocessed glassy aerosol particles. Pre-activation must be considered for the correct interpretation of experimental results on the heterogeneous ice nucleation ability of glassy aerosol particles and may provide a mechanism of producing a population of extremely efficient ice nuclei in the upper troposphere.

  6. Icing: Accretion, Detection, Protection

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    Reinmann, John J.

    1994-01-01

    The global aircraft industry and its regulatory agencies are currently involved in three major icing efforts: ground icing; advanced technologies for in-flight icing; and tailplane icing. These three major icing topics correspondingly support the three major segments of any aircraft flight profile: takeoff; cruise and hold; and approach and land. This lecture addressess these three topics in the same sequence as they appear in flight, starting with ground deicing, followed by advanced technologies for in-flight ice protection, and ending with tailplane icing.

  7. Ice Formation in Gas-Diffusion Layers

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    Dursch, Thomas; Radke, Clayton J.; Weber, Adam Z.

    2010-07-10

    Under sub-freezing conditions, ice forms in the gas-diffusion layer (GDL) of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) drastically reducing cell performance. Although a number of strategies exist to prevent ice formation, there is little fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of freezing within PEMFC components. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) is used to elucidate the effects of hydrophobicity (Teflon® loading) and water saturation on the rate of ice formation within three commercial GDLs. We find that as the Teflon® loading increases, the crystallization temperature decreases due to a change in internal ice/substrate contact angle, as well as the attainable level of water saturation. Classical nucleation theory predicts the correct trend in freezing temperature with Teflon® loading.

  8. Polarimetric signatures of sea ice. 1: Theoretical model

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    Nghiem, S. V.; Kwok, R.; Yueh, S. H.; Drinkwater, M. R.

    1995-01-01

    Physical, structral, and electromagnetic properties and interrelating processes in sea ice are used to develop a composite model for polarimetric backscattering signatures of sea ice. Physical properties of sea ice constituents such as ice, brine, air, and salt are presented in terms of their effects on electromagnetic wave interactions. Sea ice structure and geometry of scatterers are related to wave propagation, attenuation, and scattering. Temperature and salinity, which are determining factors for the thermodynamic phase distribution in sea ice, are consistently used to derive both effective permittivities and polarimetric scattering coefficients. Polarmetric signatures of sea ice depend on crystal sizes and brine volumes, which are affected by ice growth rates. Desalination by brine expulsion, drainage, or other mechanisms modifies wave penetration and scattering. Sea ice signatures are further complicated by surface conditions such as rough interfaces, hummocks, snow cover, brine skim, or slush layer. Based on the same set of geophysical parameters characterizing sea ice, a composite model is developed to calculate effective permittivities and backscattering covariance matrices at microwave frequencies to interpretation of sea ice polarimetric signatures.

  9. Polarimetric Signatures of Sea Ice. Part 1; Theoretical Model

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    Nghiem, S. V.; Kwok, R.; Yueh, S. H.; Drinkwater, M. R.

    1995-01-01

    Physical, structural, and electromagnetic properties and interrelating processes in sea ice are used to develop a composite model for polarimetric backscattering signatures of sea ice. Physical properties of sea ice constituents such as ice, brine, air, and salt are presented in terms of their effects on electromagnetic wave interactions. Sea ice structure and geometry of scatterers are related to wave propagation, attenuation, and scattering. Temperature and salinity, which are determining factors for the thermodynamic phase distribution in sea ice, are consistently used to derive both effective permittivities and polarimetric scattering coefficients. Polarimetric signatures of sea ice depend on crystal sizes and brine volumes, which are affected by ice growth rates. Desalination by brine expulsion, drainage, or other mechanisms modifies wave penetration and scattering. Sea ice signatures are further complicated by surface conditions such as rough interfaces, hummocks, snow cover, brine skim, or slush layer. Based on the same set of geophysical parameters characterizing sea ice, a composite model is developed to calculate effective permittivities and backscattering covariance matrices at microwave frequencies for interpretation of sea ice polarimetric signatures.

  10. Ice Particle Growth Under Conditions of the Upper Troposphere

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    Peterson, Harold S.; Bailey, Matthew; Hallett, John

    2010-01-01

    Atmospheric conditions for growth of ice crystals (temperature and ice supersaturation) are often not well constrained and it is necessary to simulate such conditions in the laboratory to investigate such growth under well controlled conditions over many hours. The growth of ice crystals from the vapour in both prism and basal planes was observed at temperatures of -60 C and -70 C under ice supersaturation up to 100% (200% relative humidity) at pressures derived from the standard atmosphere in a static diffusion chamber. Crystals grew outward from a vertical glass filament, thickening in the basal plane by addition of macroscopic layers greater than 2 microns, leading to growth in the prism plane by passing of successive layers conveniently viewed by time lapse video.

  11. Ice Particle Growth Rates Under Upper Troposphere Conditions

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    Peterson, Harold; Bailey, Matthew; Hallett, John

    2010-01-01

    Atmospheric conditions for growth of ice crystals (temperature and ice supersaturation) are often not well constrained and it is necessary to simulate such conditions in the laboratory to investigate such growth under well controlled conditions over many hours. The growth of ice crystals from the vapour in both prism and basal planes was observed at temperatures of -60 C and -70 C under ice supersaturation up to 100% (200% relative humidity) at pressures derived from the standard atmosphere in a static diffusion chamber. Crystals grew outward from a vertical glass filament, thickening in the basal plane by addition of macroscopic layers greater than 2 m, leading to growth in the prism plane by passing of successive layers conveniently viewed by time lapse video.

  12. Arctic ice islands

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    Sackinger, W.M.; Jeffries, M.O.; Lu, M.C.; Li, F.C.

    1988-01-01

    The development of offshore oil and gas resources in the Arctic waters of Alaska requires offshore structures which successfully resist the lateral forces due to moving, drifting ice. Ice islands are floating, a tabular icebergs, up to 60 meters thick, of solid ice throughout their thickness. The ice islands are thus regarded as the strongest ice features in the Arctic; fixed offshore structures which can directly withstand the impact of ice islands are possible but in some locations may be so expensive as to make oilfield development uneconomic. The resolution of the ice island problem requires two research steps: (1) calculation of the probability of interaction between an ice island and an offshore structure in a given region; and (2) if the probability if sufficiently large, then the study of possible interactions between ice island and structure, to discover mitigative measures to deal with the moving ice island. The ice island research conducted during the 1983-1988 interval, which is summarized in this report, was concerned with the first step. Monte Carlo simulations of ice island generation and movement suggest that ice island lifetimes range from 0 to 70 years, and that 85% of the lifetimes are less then 35 years. The simulation shows a mean value of 18 ice islands present at any time in the Arctic Ocean, with a 90% probability of less than 30 ice islands. At this time, approximately 34 ice islands are known, from observations, to exist in the Arctic Ocean, not including the 10-meter thick class of ice islands. Return interval plots from the simulation show that coastal zones of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, already leased for oil development, have ice island recurrences of 10 to 100 years. This implies that the ice island hazard must be considered thoroughly, and appropriate safety measures adopted, when offshore oil production plans are formulated for the Alaskan Arctic offshore. 132 refs., 161 figs., 17 tabs.

  13. Cirrus cloud model parameterizations: Incorporating realistic ice particle generation

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    Sassen, Kenneth; Dodd, G. C.; Starr, David OC.

    1990-01-01

    Recent cirrus cloud modeling studies have involved the application of a time-dependent, two dimensional Eulerian model, with generalized cloud microphysical parameterizations drawn from experimental findings. For computing the ice versus vapor phase changes, the ice mass content is linked to the maintenance of a relative humidity with respect to ice (RHI) of 105 percent; ice growth occurs both with regard to the introduction of new particles and the growth of existing particles. In a simplified cloud model designed to investigate the basic role of various physical processes in the growth and maintenance of cirrus clouds, these parametric relations are justifiable. In comparison, the one dimensional cloud microphysical model recently applied to evaluating the nucleation and growth of ice crystals in cirrus clouds explicitly treated populations of haze and cloud droplets, and ice crystals. Although these two modeling approaches are clearly incompatible, the goal of the present numerical study is to develop a parametric treatment of new ice particle generation, on the basis of detailed microphysical model findings, for incorporation into improved cirrus growth models. For example, the relation between temperature and the relative humidity required to generate ice crystals from ammonium sulfate haze droplets, whose probability of freezing through the homogeneous nucleation mode are a combined function of time and droplet molality, volume, and temperature. As an example of this approach, the results of cloud microphysical simulations are presented showing the rather narrow domain in the temperature/humidity field where new ice crystals can be generated. The microphysical simulations point out the need for detailed CCN studies at cirrus altitudes and haze droplet measurements within cirrus clouds, but also suggest that a relatively simple treatment of ice particle generation, which includes cloud chemistry, can be incorporated into cirrus cloud growth.

  14. Digital-image processing and image analysis of glacier ice

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    Fitzpatrick, Joan J.

    2013-01-01

    This document provides a methodology for extracting grain statistics from 8-bit color and grayscale images of thin sections of glacier ice—a subset of physical properties measurements typically performed on ice cores. This type of analysis is most commonly used to characterize the evolution of ice-crystal size, shape, and intercrystalline spatial relations within a large body of ice sampled by deep ice-coring projects from which paleoclimate records will be developed. However, such information is equally useful for investigating the stress state and physical responses of ice to stresses within a glacier. The methods of analysis presented here go hand-in-hand with the analysis of ice fabrics (aggregate crystal orientations) and, when combined with fabric analysis, provide a powerful method for investigating the dynamic recrystallization and deformation behaviors of bodies of ice in motion. The procedures described in this document compose a step-by-step handbook for a specific image acquisition and data reduction system built in support of U.S. Geological Survey ice analysis projects, but the general methodology can be used with any combination of image processing and analysis software. The specific approaches in this document use the FoveaPro 4 plug-in toolset to Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended but it can be carried out equally well, though somewhat less conveniently, with software such as the image processing toolbox in MATLAB, Image-Pro Plus, or ImageJ.

  15. Intercellular ice propagation: experimental evidence for ice growth through membrane pores.

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    Acker, J P; Elliott, J A; McGann, L E

    2001-01-01

    Propagation of intracellular ice between cells significantly increases the prevalence of intracellular ice in confluent monolayers and tissues. It has been proposed that gap junctions facilitate ice propagation between cells. This study develops an equation for capillary freezing-point depression to determine the effect of temperature on the equilibrium radius of an ice crystal sufficiently small to grow through gap junctions. Convection cryomicroscopy and video image analysis were used to examine the incidence and pattern of intracellular ice formation (IIF) in the confluent monolayers of cell lines that do (MDCK) and do not (V-79W) form gap junctions. The effect of gap junctions on intracellular ice propagation was strongly temperature-dependent. For cells with gap junctions, IIF occurred in a directed wave-like pattern in 100% of the cells below -3 degrees C. At temperatures above -3 degrees C, there was a marked drop in the incidence of IIF, with isolated individual cells initially freezing randomly throughout the sample. This random pattern of IIF was also observed in the V-79W monolayers and in MDCK monolayers treated to prevent gap junction formation. The significant change in the low temperature behavior of confluent MDCK monolayers at -3 degrees C is likely the result of the inhibition of gap junction-facilitated ice propagation, and supports the theory that gap junctions facilitate ice nucleation between cells. PMID:11509353

  16. Sea ice ecosystems.

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    Arrigo, Kevin R

    2014-01-01

    Polar sea ice is one of the largest ecosystems on Earth. The liquid brine fraction of the ice matrix is home to a diverse array of organisms, ranging from tiny archaea to larger fish and invertebrates. These organisms can tolerate high brine salinity and low temperature but do best when conditions are milder. Thriving ice algal communities, generally dominated by diatoms, live at the ice/water interface and in recently flooded surface and interior layers, especially during spring, when temperatures begin to rise. Although protists dominate the sea ice biomass, heterotrophic bacteria are also abundant. The sea ice ecosystem provides food for a host of animals, with crustaceans being the most conspicuous. Uneaten organic matter from the ice sinks through the water column and feeds benthic ecosystems. As sea ice extent declines, ice algae likely contribute a shrinking fraction of the total amount of organic matter produced in polar waters. PMID:24015900

  17. Sea Ice Ecosystems

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    Arrigo, Kevin R.

    2014-01-01

    Polar sea ice is one of the largest ecosystems on Earth. The liquid brine fraction of the ice matrix is home to a diverse array of organisms, ranging from tiny archaea to larger fish and invertebrates. These organisms can tolerate high brine salinity and low temperature but do best when conditions are milder. Thriving ice algal communities, generally dominated by diatoms, live at the ice/water interface and in recently flooded surface and interior layers, especially during spring, when temperatures begin to rise. Although protists dominate the sea ice biomass, heterotrophic bacteria are also abundant. The sea ice ecosystem provides food for a host of animals, with crustaceans being the most conspicuous. Uneaten organic matter from the ice sinks through the water column and feeds benthic ecosystems. As sea ice extent declines, ice algae likely contribute a shrinking fraction of the total amount of organic matter produced in polar waters.

  18. Experimental Investigations of Ice in Supercooled Clouds. Part 1: System Description and Growth of Ice by Vapor Deposition

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    Naihui Song; Dennis Lamb

    1994-01-01

    A continuous flow cloud chamber system was constructed for studies of microphysical and chemical processes in supercooled clouds. An important feature of the cloud chamber was the generation of the components of the supercooled clouds external to the main wind tunnel where crystal growth took place. A population of ice crystals was allowed to grow to relatively large sizes in

  19. Simulation Tools Model Icing for Aircraft Design

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2012-01-01

    Here s a simple science experiment to try: Place an unopened bottle of distilled water in your freezer. After 2-3 hours, if the water is pure enough, you will notice that it has not frozen. Carefully pour the water into a bowl with a piece of ice in it. When it strikes the ice, the water will instantly freeze. One of the most basic and commonly known scientific facts is that water freezes at around 32 F. But this is not always the case. Water lacking any impurities for ice crystals to form around can be supercooled to even lower temperatures without freezing. High in the atmosphere, water droplets can achieve this delicate, supercooled state. When a plane flies through clouds containing these droplets, the water can strike the airframe and, like the supercooled water hitting the ice in the experiment above, freeze instantly. The ice buildup alters the aerodynamics of the plane - reducing lift and increasing drag - affecting its performance and presenting a safety issue if the plane can no longer fly effectively. In certain circumstances, ice can form inside aircraft engines, another potential hazard. NASA has long studied ways of detecting and countering atmospheric icing conditions as part of the Agency s efforts to enhance aviation safety. To do this, the Icing Branch at Glenn Research Center utilizes a number of world-class tools, including the Center s Icing Research Tunnel and the NASA 607 icing research aircraft, a "flying laboratory" for studying icing conditions. The branch has also developed a suite of software programs to help aircraft and icing protection system designers understand the behavior of ice accumulation on various surfaces and in various conditions. One of these innovations is the LEWICE ice accretion simulation software. Initially developed in the 1980s (when Glenn was known as Lewis Research Center), LEWICE has become one of the most widely used tools in icing research and aircraft design and certification. LEWICE has been transformed over the years from strictly a research tool to one used routinely by industry and other government agencies. Glenn contractor William Wright has been the architect of this development, supported by a team of researchers investigating icing physics, creating validation data, and ensuring development according to standard software engineering practices. The program provides a virtual simulation environment for determining where water droplets strike an airfoil in flight, what kind of ice would result, and what shape that ice would take. Users can enter geometries for specific, two-dimensional cross sections of an airfoil or other airframe surface and then apply a range of inputs - different droplet sizes, temperatures, airspeeds, and more - to model how ice would build up on the surface in various conditions. The program s versatility, ease of use, and speed - LEWICE can run through complex icing simulations in only a few minutes - have contributed to it becoming a popular resource in the aviation industry.

  20. Ice-binding mechanism of winter flounder antifreeze proteins.

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    Cheng, A; Merz, K M

    1997-01-01

    We have studied the winter flounder antifreeze protein (AFP) and two of its mutants using molecular dynamics simulation techniques. The simulations were performed under four conditions: in the gas phase, solvated by water, adsorbed on the ice (2021) crystal plane in the gas phase and in aqueous solution. This study provided details of the ice-binding pattern of the winter flounder AFP. Simulation results indicated that the Asp, Asn, and Thr residues in the AFP are important in ice binding and that Asn and Thr as a group bind cooperatively to the ice surface. These ice-binding residues can be collected into four distinct ice-binding regions: Asp-1/Thr-2/Asp-5, Thr-13/Asn-16, Thr-24/Asn-27, and Thr-35/Arg-37. These four regions are 11 residues apart and the repeat distance between them matches the ice lattice constant along the (1102) direction. This match is crucial to ensure that all four groups can interact with the ice surface simultaneously, thereby, enhancing ice binding. These Asx (x = p or n)/Thr regions each form 5-6 hydrogen bonds with the ice surface: Asn forms about three hydrogen bonds with ice molecules located in the step region while Thr forms one to two hydrogen bonds with the ice molecules in the ridge of the (2021) crystal plane. Both the distance between Thr and Asn and the ordering of the two residues are crucial for effective ice binding. The proper sequence is necessary to generate a binding surface that is compatible with the ice surface topology, thus providing a perfect "host/guest" interaction that simultaneously satisfies both hydrogen bonding and van der Waals interactions. The results also show the relation among binding energy, the number of hydrogen bonds, and the activity. The activity is correlated to the binding energy, and in the case of the mutants we have studied the number of hydrogen bonds. The greater the number of the hydrogen bonds the greater the antifreeze activity. The roles van der Waals interactions and the hydrophobic effect play in ice binding are also highlighted. For the latter it is demonstrated that the surface of ice has a clathratelike structure which favors the partitioning of hydrophobic groups to the surface of ice. It is suggested that mutations that involve the deletion of hydrophobic residues (e.g., the Leu residues) will provide insight into the role the hydrophobic effect plays in partitioning these peptides to the surface of ice. Images FIGURE 4 FIGURE 5 FIGURE 6 FIGURE 7 FIGURE 8 FIGURE 11 PMID:9414201

  1. A Prolific Warm Rain Process and its Possible Influence on Ice Nucleation as Observed During ICE-T

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    Lasher-Trapp, S.; DeMott, P. J.; Heymsfield, A.; Hudson, J. G.; Jensen, J. B.; Johnson, A. V.; Leon, D.; McMeeking, G.; Rogers, D. C.; Toohey, D. W.; Twohy, C. H.

    2011-12-01

    A particularly difficult, long-standing problem has been to explain observations in extra-tropical and tropical maritime clouds, made as early as the mid-1960's but also in later field studies, that exhibited far greater ice crystal number concentrations than expected from past ice nuclei measurements, especially when cloud top temperatures were greater than -10 °C. Some studies have implicated rime-splintering (Hallet-Mossop process) as an explanation for the unusually high number concentrations of ice crystals observed in warmer regions of the clouds. This process is likely active in maritime cumuli, but it cannot explain the first ice crystals formed, as it requires some ice (graupel) to already be present. A prolific warm rain process (i.e. converting much of the cloud water to precipitation-size drops) in these maritime clouds, spurred by the warm, humid environment and low droplet number concentrations, may provide the raindrops that later freeze to become the source of the graupel needed to initiate the Hallett-Mossop process. Recently, new observations in maritime cumuli relevant to ice nucleation were collected during the Ice in Cumulus Experiment -Tropical (ICE-T) field campaign, based in the Caribbean in July 2011. In-situ aircraft observations, in addition to remotely sensed data collected with aircraft-mounted radar and lidar, were collected on developing cumuli at temperatures of -12 °C and greater. The warm rain process and ice onset in the clouds were documented with observations of water mass and cloud particle (droplet and ice crystal) size distributions. The radar data placed these observations in the context of the cloud development. Aerosol data (cloud condensation nuclei and ice nuclei number concentrations) were collected to provide constraints on droplet and ice initiation processes. This presentation will consist of a preliminary analysis of these observations from several cases observed during ICE-T, to illustrate the impressive amount of supercooled water present in these clouds, and its possible influence on ice nucleation. Preliminary numerical modeling results constrained by these observations will also be presented to understand if raindrops formed by the warm rain process could be initiating the first ice, and if the cloud conditions and time scales of the microphysical processes are consistent with those observed.

  2. Sea ice and icing risk for offshore wind turbines

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    L. Battisti; R. Fedrizzi; A. Brighenti; T. Laakso

    There are two important issues related to wind turbines performances in offshore sites that locate in cold cli- mates: sea ice (flows, driving ice, land-fast ice) and the presence of atmospheric icing (due to water in the air as in-cloud operation, rainfall and sea sprays) which may potentially lead to ice formation on turbines' struc- tures. Icing of rotor blades

  3. NOAA Great Lakes Ice Atlas

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    This website presents the results of the analysis of Great Lakes ice charts dating back to 1960. After learning about the methods used to produce this online atlas, users can view the original ice charts. Researchers can find data on first ice, last ice, ice duration, and other ice related statistics. Students and educators can learn about variations in ice cover through the animations of ice cover time series. The website offers downloads of a few of the references and technical issues.

  4. Measurements of Ice Nuclei properties at the Jungfraujoch using the Portable Ice Nucleation Chamber (PINC)

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    Chou, Cédric

    2010-05-01

    Ice clouds and mixed-phase clouds have different microphysical properties. Both affect the climate in various ways. Ice phase present in these clouds have the ability to scatter the incoming solar radiation and absorb terrestrial radiation differently from water droplets. Ice is also responsible for most of the precipitation in the mid-latitudes. Ice crystals can be formed via two main processes: homogeneous and heterogeneous ice nucleation. Investigation of thermodynamic conditions at which ice nuclei (IN) trigger nucleation and their number concentrations is necessary in order to understand the formation of the ice phase in the atmosphere. In order to investigate the presence of IN in the free troposphere, the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Sciences of the ETH Zurich has recently designed a new chamber: the Portable Ice Nucleation Chamber (PINC), which is the field version of the Zurich Ice Nucleation Chamber (Stetzer et al., 2008). Both chambers follow the principle of a "continuous flow diffusion chamber" (Rogers, 1988) and can measure the number concentration of IN at different temperatures and relative humidities. Aerosols are collected through an inlet where an impactor removes larger particles that could be counted as ice crystals. The aerosol load is layered between two dry sheath air flows as it enters the main chamber. Both walls of the chamber are covered with a thin layer of ice and maintained at two different temperatures in order to create supersaturation with respect to ice (and with respect to water in case of a larger temperature difference between the walls). At the exit of the main chamber, the sample goes throught the evaporation part that is kept saturated with respect to ice. There, water droplets evaporate and only ice crystals and smaller aerosol particles are counted by the Optical Particle Counter (OPC) at the bottom of the chamber. The high alpine research station Jungfraujoch is located at 3580 m a.s.l. It is mainly in undisturbed free troposphere, but is also influenced by the Planetary Boundary Layer (PBL) especially in summer. The probability of Saharan Dust Events (SDE) at the Jungfraujoch is usually high from March to July (Collaud Coen et al., 2004). Two campaigns have been performed during this period in order to investigate the influence of a SDE on the IN number concentration and properties: PINC II took place from February 23rd to March 16th, 2009 and PINC III from June 3rd to 17th, 2009. The operating conditions inside the chamber during both campaigns were -31°C with relative humidities with respect to ice and water of 127% and 91%, respectively. During the first campaign, no SDE were detected and the average number concentration of IN was <10 particles/liter. Two SDE of different intensity occurred during the second campaign on June 15th and 16th where significantly higher IN number concentrations have been observed. We found that the larger the particles are, the more efficient they are as IN especially during SDE. References: Collaud Coen M., Weingartner E., Schaub D., Hueglin C., Corrigan C., Henning S., Schwikowski M., and Baltensperger U. (2004). Saharan dust events at the Jungfraujoch: detection by wavelength dependence of the single scattering albedo and first climatology analysis. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 4, 2465-2480, 2004 Rogers, D. C. (1988), Development of a Continuous Flow Thermal Gradient Diffusion Chamber for Ice Nucleation Studies, Atmos. Res. 22:149-181. Stetzer, O., Baschek, B., Lueoend, F., Lohmann, U. (2008), The Zurich Ice Nucleation Chamber (ZINC)-A New Instrument to Investigate Atmospheric Ice Formation, Aerosol Science and Technology, 42:64-74, 2008

  5. Diatom assemblages promote ice formation in large lakes

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    D'souza, N A; Kawarasaki, Y; Gantz, J D; Lee, R E; Beall, B F N; Shtarkman, Y M; Koçer, Z A; Rogers, S O; Wildschutte, H; Bullerjahn, G S; McKay, R M L

    2013-01-01

    We present evidence for the directed formation of ice by planktonic communities dominated by filamentous diatoms sampled from the ice-covered Laurentian Great Lakes. We hypothesize that ice formation promotes attachment of these non-motile phytoplankton to overlying ice, thereby maintaining a favorable position for the diatoms in the photic zone. However, it is unclear whether the diatoms themselves are responsible for ice nucleation. Scanning electron microscopy revealed associations of bacterial epiphytes with the dominant diatoms of the phytoplankton assemblage, and bacteria isolated from the phytoplankton showed elevated temperatures of crystallization (Tc) as high as ?3?°C. Ice nucleation-active bacteria were identified as belonging to the genus Pseudomonas, but we could not demonstrate that they were sufficiently abundant to incite the observed freezing. Regardless of the source of ice nucleation activity, the resulting production of frazil ice may provide a means for the diatoms to be recruited to the overlying lake ice, thereby increasing their fitness. Bacterial epiphytes are likewise expected to benefit from their association with the diatoms as recipients of organic carbon excreted by their hosts. This novel mechanism illuminates a previously undescribed stage of the life cycle of the meroplanktonic diatoms that bloom in Lake Erie and other Great Lakes during winter and offers a model relevant to aquatic ecosystems having seasonal ice cover around the world. PMID:23552624

  6. Diatom assemblages promote ice formation in large lakes.

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    D'souza, N A; Kawarasaki, Y; Gantz, J D; Lee, R E; Beall, B F N; Shtarkman, Y M; Koçer, Z A; Rogers, S O; Wildschutte, H; Bullerjahn, G S; McKay, R M L

    2013-08-01

    We present evidence for the directed formation of ice by planktonic communities dominated by filamentous diatoms sampled from the ice-covered Laurentian Great Lakes. We hypothesize that ice formation promotes attachment of these non-motile phytoplankton to overlying ice, thereby maintaining a favorable position for the diatoms in the photic zone. However, it is unclear whether the diatoms themselves are responsible for ice nucleation. Scanning electron microscopy revealed associations of bacterial epiphytes with the dominant diatoms of the phytoplankton assemblage, and bacteria isolated from the phytoplankton showed elevated temperatures of crystallization (T(c)) as high as -3 °C. Ice nucleation-active bacteria were identified as belonging to the genus Pseudomonas, but we could not demonstrate that they were sufficiently abundant to incite the observed freezing. Regardless of the source of ice nucleation activity, the resulting production of frazil ice may provide a means for the diatoms to be recruited to the overlying lake ice, thereby increasing their fitness. Bacterial epiphytes are likewise expected to benefit from their association with the diatoms as recipients of organic carbon excreted by their hosts. This novel mechanism illuminates a previously undescribed stage of the life cycle of the meroplanktonic diatoms that bloom in Lake Erie and other Great Lakes during winter and offers a model relevant to aquatic ecosystems having seasonal ice cover around the world. PMID:23552624

  7. Martian Ice Caves

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    Frederick, R. D.; Billings, T. L.; McGown, R. D.; Walden, B. E.

    2000-07-01

    Ice in Martian lava tube caves would have scientific and developmental value. These natural channels in rock may hold keys to Mars' past as well as potential resources for humanity's futures. Terrestrial lava tube caves are natural receptacles for accumulations of water. Often, due to lower temperatures coupled with the superior insulation properties of the surrounding rock, these accumulations are in the form of ice. Historically, ice was mined from some lava tube caves. Many of the lava tubes in the Central Oregon area sport such names as "Arnolds Ice Cave," "Surveyors Ice Cave," "South Ice Cave," etc. These caves are not caves in ice, but rather common lava tubes with seasonal, and sometimes perennial ice deposits. Locating and cataloging similar features on Mars, could be of value for the colonization of Mars and the search for life. Such features may also prove useful in helping to determine past climatic conditions on the Red Planet.

  8. In situ observations of a high-pressure phase of H2O ice

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    Chou, I.-Ming; Blank, J.G.; Goncharov, A.F.; Mao, H.-K.; Hemley, R.J.

    1998-01-01

    A previously unknown solid phase of H2O has been identified by its peculiar growth patterns, distinct pressure-temperature melting relations, and vibrational Raman spectra. Morphologies of ice crystals and their pressure-temperature melting relations were directly observed in a hydrothermal diamond-anvil cell for H2O bulk densities between 1203 and 1257 kilograms per cubic meter at temperatures between -10??and 50??C. Under these conditions, four different ice forms were observed to melt: two stable phases, ice V and ice VI, and two metastable phases, ice IV and the new ice phase. The Raman spectra and crystal morphology are consistent with a disordered anisotropic structure with some similarities to ice VI.

  9. Scattering matrix of infrared radiation by ice finite circular cylinders.

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    Xu, Lisheng; Ding, Jilie; Cheng, Andrew Y S

    2002-04-20

    Scattering matrix characteristics of polydisperse, randomly oriented, small ice crystals modeled by finite circular cylinders with various ratios of the length to diameter (L/D) ratio are calculated by use of the exact T-matrix approach, with emphasis on the thermal infrared spectral region that extends from the atmospheric short-wave IR window to the far-IR wavelengths to as large as 30 microm. The observed ice crystal size distribution and the well-known power-law distribution are considered. The results of the extensive calculations show that the characteristics of scattering matrix elements of small ice circular cylinders depend strongly on wavelengths and refractive indices, particle size distributions, and the L/D ratios. The applicability of the power-law distribution and particle shapes for light scattering calculations for small ice crystals is discussed. The effects of the effective variance of size distribution on light scattering characteristics are addressed. It seems from the behavior of scattering matrix elements of small ice crystals that the combination of 25 and 3.979 microm has some advantages and potential applications for remote sensing of cirrus and other ice clouds. PMID:12003228

  10. The growth of ice particles in a mixed phase environment based on laboratory observations

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    Castellano, Nesvit E.; Ávila, Eldo E.; Bürgesser, Rodrigo E.; Saunders, Clive P. R.

    2014-12-01

    This paper describes new laboratory observations about the size evolution of ice crystals and cloud droplets immersed in a mixed-phase cloud. The experiments were performed by using a cloud chamber facility for three temperatures - 6 °C, - 10 °C and - 20 °C, in order to explore the basic crystal growth habits (columns and hexagonal plates). The sizes of the cloud droplets, ice-columns and hexagonal ice-plates were examined for growth times between 50 and 300 s. The results show evidence that after ice crystal nucleation, the cloud droplets reduce gradually their sizes by the evaporation process; while the ice crystals grow as a consequence of the water vapor diffusion process. The ice crystal growths at different temperatures were compared with the results reported by other authors. The experimental data were also compared with a theoretical model of the growth rate of ice crystals. It was observed that the numerical model provides a description of the ice columns' growth in fairly good agreement with the laboratory observations, while it predicts that the hexagonal plates evolve with maximum sizes larger than those observed in the experiments. In general, it has been noted that the results obtained from the model are very sensitive to the parameter that denotes the ratio between the condensation coefficient for the basal face and prism face. It is a critical coefficient that needs to be carefully addressed in cloud modeling.

  11. Ice electrode electrolytic cell

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    Glenn, D.F.; Suciu, D.F.; Harris, T.L.; Ingram, J.C.

    1993-04-06

    This invention relates to a method and apparatus for removing heavy metals from waste water, soils, or process streams by electrolytic cell means. The method includes cooling a cell cathode to form an ice layer over the cathode and then applying an electric current to deposit a layer of the heavy metal over the ice. The metal is then easily removed after melting the ice. In a second embodiment, the same ice-covered electrode can be employed to form powdered metals.

  12. Ice electrode electrolytic cell

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    Glenn, David F. (Idaho Falls, ID); Suciu, Dan F. (Idaho Falls, ID); Harris, Taryl L. (Idaho Falls, ID); Ingram, Jani C. (Idaho Falls, ID)

    1993-01-01

    This invention relates to a method and apparatus for removing heavy metals from waste water, soils, or process streams by electrolytic cell means. The method includes cooling a cell cathode to form an ice layer over the cathode and then applying an electric current to deposit a layer of the heavy metal over the ice. The metal is then easily removed after melting the ice. In a second embodiment, the same ice-covered electrode can be employed to form powdered metals.

  13. Ice-templated structures for biomedical tissue repair: From physics to final scaffolds

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    Pawelec, K. M.; Husmann, A.; Best, S. M.; Cameron, R. E.

    2014-06-01

    Ice-templating techniques, including freeze-drying and freeze casting, are extremely versatile and can be used with a variety of materials systems. The process relies on the freezing of a water based solution. During freezing, ice nucleates within the solution and concentrates the solute in the regions between the growing crystals. Once the ice is removed via sublimation, the solute remains in a porous structure, which is a negative of the ice. As the final structure of the ice relies on the freezing of the solution, the variables which influence ice nucleation and growth alter the structure of ice-templated scaffolds. Nucleation, the initial step of freezing, can be altered by the type and concentration of solutes within the solution, as well as the set cooling rate before freezing. After nucleation, crystal growth and annealing processes, such as Ostwald ripening, determine the features of the final scaffold. Both crystal growth and annealing are sensitive to many factors including the set freezing temperature and solutes. The porous structures created using ice-templating allow scaffolds to be used for many diverse applications, from microfluidics to biomedical tissue engineering. Within the field of tissue engineering, scaffold structure can influence cellular behavior, and is thus critical for determining the biological stimulus supplied by the scaffold. The research focusing on controlling the ice-templated structure serves as a model for how other ice-templating systems might be tailored, to expand the applications of ice-templated structures to their full potential.

  14. Emergent ice rule and magnetic charge screening from vertex frustration in artificial spin ice

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    Gilbert, Ian; Chern, Gia-Wei; Zhang, Sheng; O'Brien, Liam; Fore, Bryce; Nisoli, Cristiano; Schiffer, Peter

    2014-09-01

    Artificial spin ice comprises a class of frustrated arrays of interacting single-domain ferromagnetic nanostructures. Previous studies of artificial spin ice have focused on simple lattices based on natural frustrated materials. Here we experimentally examine artificial spin ice created on the shakti lattice, a structure that does not directly correspond to any known natural magnetic material. On the shakti lattice, none of the near-neighbour interactions is locally frustrated, but instead the lattice topology frustrates the interactions leading to a high degree of degeneracy. We demonstrate that the shakti system achieves a physical realization of the classic six-vertex model ground state. Furthermore, we observe that the mixed coordination of the shakti lattice leads to crystallization of effective magnetic charges and the screening of magnetic excitations, underscoring the importance of magnetic charge as the relevant degree of freedom in artificial spin ice and opening new possibilities for studies of its dynamics.

  15. Landsat Ice Caps

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    Landsat image of ice caps in northern Savernaya Zemlya, Russian Arctic Islands (80 degrees N.). The scene shows zones of melting on the ice caps. The largest ice cap is about 80 km across. Image courtesy of Julian Dowdeswell, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, UK....

  16. Experiments in Ice Physics.

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    Martin, P. F.; And Others

    1978-01-01

    Describes experiments in ice physics that demonstrate the behavior and properties of ice. Show that ice behaves as an ionic conductor in which charge is transferred by the movement of protons, its electrical conductivity is highly temperature-dependent, and its dielectric properties show dramatic variation in the kilohertz range. (Author/GA)

  17. Ice on the Moon

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    David Williams

    2003-01-22

    This information about the Lunar Prospector mission to the Moon discusses the possibility that ice exists on the lunar surface. The article indicates that no native water ice has been found on the moon. If ice has been found, it most likely originated from meteors and meteorites which periodically bombard the lunar surface.

  18. The Antarctic Ice.

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    Radok, Uwe

    1985-01-01

    The International Antarctic Glaciological Project has collected information on the East Antarctic ice sheet since 1969. Analysis of ice cores revealed climatic history, and radar soundings helped map bedrock of the continent. Computer models of the ice sheet and its changes over time will aid in predicting the future. (DH)

  19. Ice age paleotopography

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    W. R. Peltier

    1994-01-01

    A gravitationally self-consistent theory of postglacial relative sea level change is used to infer the variation of surface ice and water cover since the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). The results show that LGM ice volume was approximately 35 percent lower than suggested by the CLIMAP reconstruction and the maximum heights of the main Laurentian and Fennoscandian ice complexes are inferred

  20. Ice Versus Rock

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    Rule, Audrey C.; Olson, Eric A.; Dehm, Janet

    2005-01-01

    During a snow bank exploration, students noticed "ice caves," or pockets, in some of the larger snow banks, usually below darker layers. Most of these caves had many icicles hanging inside. Students offered reasonable explanations of ice cave formation--squirrels, kids, snow blowers--and a few students came close to the true ice cave-formation…

  1. Vote for Ice Cream

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    chris worley

    2012-04-20

    This lesson will pique your students' interest by reading about Curious George and his ice cream adventure. Students will move from George's adventure to a class chart of favorite ice cream flavors to organizing and completing their own ice cream chart.

  2. Anchored Clathrate Waters Bind Antifreeze Proteins to Ice

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    C Garnham; R Campbell; P Davies

    2011-12-31

    The mechanism by which antifreeze proteins (AFPs) irreversibly bind to ice has not yet been resolved. The ice-binding site of an AFP is relatively hydrophobic, but also contains many potential hydrogen bond donors/acceptors. The extent to which hydrogen bonding and the hydrophobic effect contribute to ice binding has been debated for over 30 years. Here we have elucidated the ice-binding mechanism through solving the first crystal structure of an Antarctic bacterial AFP. This 34-kDa domain, the largest AFP structure determined to date, folds as a Ca{sup 2+}-bound parallel beta-helix with an extensive array of ice-like surface waters that are anchored via hydrogen bonds directly to the polypeptide backbone and adjacent side chains. These bound waters make an excellent three-dimensional match to both the primary prism and basal planes of ice and in effect provide an extensive X-ray crystallographic picture of the AFP{vert_ellipsis}ice interaction. This unobstructed view, free from crystal-packing artefacts, shows the contributions of both the hydrophobic effect and hydrogen bonding during AFP adsorption to ice. We term this mode of binding the 'anchored clathrate' mechanism of AFP action.

  3. Possible significance of cubic water-ice, H2O-Ic, in the atmospheric water cycle of Mars

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    Gooding, James L.

    1988-01-01

    The possible formation and potential significance of the cubic ice polymorph on Mars is discussed. When water-ice crystallizes on Earth, the ambient conditions of temperature and pressure result in the formation of the hexagonal ice polymorph; however, on Mars, the much lower termperature and pressures may permit the crystallization of the cubic polymorph. Cubic ice has two properties of possible importance on Mars: it is an excellant nucleator of other volatiles (such as CO2), and it undergoes an exothermic transition to hexagonal ice at temperatures above 170 K. These properties may have significant implications for both martian cloud formation and the development of the seasonal polar caps.

  4. Physical and structural properties of the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 ice core: A review

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    Gow, A. J.; Meese, D. A.; Alley, R. B.; Fitzpatrick, J. J.; Anandakrishnan, S.; Woods, G. A.; Elder, B. C.

    1997-11-01

    Substantial data sets have been collected on the relaxation characteristics, density, grain size, c axis fabrics, and ultrasonic velocities of the Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP2) core to its contact with bedrock at 3053.4 m. Changes in all these properties paralleled closely those found in cores from Byrd Station, Antarctica, and Dye 3, Greenland. Density increased progressively with depth to a maximum of 0.921 Mg/m3 at about 1400 m, at which depth the ice became bubble free. Below about 2000 m, in situ densities began to decrease in response to increasing ice sheet temperatures. Since drilling, much of the ice core has undergone significant volume expansion (relaxation) due to microcracking and the exsolving of enclathratized gases, especially in the brittle ice zone between 650 and 1400 m. Grain size increased linearly to about 1000 m, thereafter remaining fairly constant until the Younger Dryas event at 1678 m where a twofold to threefold decrease in grain size occurred. These grain size changes were accompanied by a progressive clustering of crystal c axes toward the vertical, including a small increase in c axis concentration across the Younger Dryas/Holocene boundary. Increased dust levels in the Wisconsin ice have contributed to the maintenance of a fine-grained texture which, with its strong vertical c axis fabric, persisted to nearly 3000 m. However, beginning at about 2800 m, layers of coarse-grained ice intermixed with the much finer-grained matrix ice are observed. Below 3000 m the ice became very coarse grained. This change, attributed to annealing recrystallization at elevated temperatures in the ice sheet, was accompanied by a dispersed or ring-like redistribution of the c axes about the vertical. Ultrasonic measurements of vertical and horizontal P wave velocities made at 10-m intervals along the entire length of the GISP2 core fully confirmed the results of the crystallo-optical observations. A return to fine-grained ice coincided with the first appearance of brown, silty ice 13 m above bedrock. Bedrock material consisted of 48 cm of till, including boulders and cobbles, overlying gray biotite granite comprising the true bedrock. There is evidence that disturbed structure in the GISP2 cores begins little more than 70% of the way through the ice sheet. This disturbance increases with depth until it becomes large enough to cast suspicion on features lasting centuries or more in the bottom 10% of the ice sheet.

  5. Ice Concentration Retrieval in Stratiform Mixed-phase Clouds Using Cloud Radar Reflectivity Measurements and 1D Ice Growth Model Simulations

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    Zhang, Damao; Wang, Zhien; Heymsfield, Andrew J.; Fan, Jiwen; Luo, Tao

    2014-10-01

    Measurement of ice number concentration in clouds is important but still challenging. Stratiform mixed-phase clouds (SMCs) provide a simple scenario for retrieving ice number concentration from remote sensing measurements. The simple ice generation and growth pattern in SMCs offers opportunities to use cloud radar reflectivity (Ze) measurements and other cloud properties to infer ice number concentration quantitatively. To understand the strong temperature dependency of ice habit and growth rate quantitatively, we develop a 1-D ice growth model to calculate the ice diffusional growth along its falling trajectory in SMCs. The radar reflectivity and fall velocity profiles of ice crystals calculated from the 1-D ice growth model are evaluated with the Atmospheric Radiation Measurements (ARM) Climate Research Facility (ACRF) ground-based high vertical resolution radar measurements. Combining Ze measurements and 1-D ice growth model simulations, we develop a method to retrieve the ice number concentrations in SMCs at given cloud top temperature (CTT) and liquid water path (LWP). The retrieved ice concentrations in SMCs are evaluated with in situ measurements and with a three-dimensional cloud-resolving model simulation with a bin microphysical scheme. These comparisons show that the retrieved ice number concentrations are within an uncertainty of a factor of 2, statistically.

  6. Eutectic freeze crystallization: Application to process streams and waste water purification

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    F. van der Ham; G. J. Witkamp; J. de Graauw; G. M. van Rosmalen

    1998-01-01

    Two case studies are presented using eutectic freeze crystallization (EFC) as an alternative for evaporative crystallization: a 7.8 ton day?1 35 w% aqueous sodium nitrate and a 24 ton day?1 12 w% copper sulfate stream. The proposed crystallizer is a cooled disk column crystallizer (CDCC), using indirect cooling for heat transfer. In single stage operation, the formed ice crystals are

  7. Layers of Ice

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    This is a lesson about the formation of glaciers, ice layering and stratigraphy, and the cryosphere and cryobotics. Learners will collect evidence of layering, explore the science story that layering tells, study snow and ice for insights into climate change, and learn about the tools used to explore ice layers on Earth and in the solar system. Connections between rings of a tree and rings in an ice core will be made. Activities include small group miming, speaking, drawing, and/or writing. This is lesson 7 of 12 in the unit, Exploring Ice in the Solar System.

  8. Greenland's Receeding Ice

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    After Antarctica, Greenland's ice cap contains the second largest mass of frozen fresh water in the world. Based on new research using NASA's airborne laser altimeter, scientists have identified pronounced thinning of Greenland's ice cap. This new research indicates enough ice loss to cause a measurable rise in sea levels. This site, produced by NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio, features text, photographs, satellite imagery, and animations to describe the loss of ice and the use of lidar (laser altimetry) to make the precise measurements necessary to reveal the loss of ice.

  9. Deformation in the Rutford ice stream, West Antarctica: measuring shear-wave anisotropy from icequakes

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    Kendall, Michael; Harland, Sophie; Stuart, Graham; Baird, Alan; Lloyd, Geoff; Smith, Andy; Pritchard, Hamish; Brisbourne, Alex

    2013-04-01

    Ice streams provide major drainage pathways for the Antarctic ice sheet. The stress distribution and style of flow in such ice streams produces elastic and rheological anisotropy, which informs ice flow modelling as to how ice masses respond to external changes such as global warming. Here we analyse elastic anisotropy in the Rutford ice stream, West Antarctica, using observations of shear wave splitting from three-component icequake seismograms to characterise ice deformation via crystal preferred orientation. Over 110 high quality measurements are made on 41 events recorded at five stations temporarily deployed near the ice stream grounding line. To the best of our knowledge this is the first well-documented observation of shear wave splitting from Antarctic icequakes. The magnitude of the splitting ranges from 2ms to 80ms and suggest a maximum of 6% shear wave splitting. The fast shear wave polarisation direction is roughly perpendicular to ice flow direction. We consider three mechanisms for ice anisotropy: a cluster model (VTI model); a girdle model (and HTI model); and crack-induced anisotropy (an HTI model). Based on the data we can rule out a VTI mechanism as the sole cause of anisotropy - an HTI component is needed, which may be due to ice crystal a-axis alignment in the direction of flow or the alignment of cracks or ice-films in the plane perpendicular to the flow direction. The results may suggest a combination of mechanisms are at play, which represent vertical variations in the symmetry of ice-crystal anisotropy in an ice stream, as predicted by ice fabric models.

  10. ICE SLURRY APPLICATIONS

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    Kauffeld, M.; WANG, M. J.; Goldstein, V.; Kasza, K. E.

    2011-01-01

    The role of secondary refrigerants is expected to grow as the focus on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions increases. The effectiveness of secondary refrigerants can be improved when phase changing media are introduced in place of single phase media. Operating at temperatures below the freezing point of water, ice slurry facilitates several efficiency improvements such as reductions in pumping energy consumption as well as lowering the required temperature difference in heat exchangers due to the beneficial thermo-physical properties of ice slurry. Research has shown that ice slurry can be engineered to have ideal ice particle characteristics so that it can be easily stored in tanks without agglomeration and then be extractable for pumping at very high ice fraction without plugging. In addition ice slurry can be used in many direct contact food and medical protective cooling applications. This paper provides an overview of the latest developments in ice slurry technology. PMID:21528014

  11. River Ice Processes

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    COMET

    2006-11-10

    The “River Ice Processes” module provides information on flooding associated with river ice jams. In this webcast, Dr. Kate White, nationally-recognized expert on river ice, explores basic river ice processes including the formation, growth, breakup, and transport of river ice and how it can become jammed, triggering floods. In addition, Dr. White covers the current, state-of-the-art ice jam forecasting, and current ice-modeling research and development being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As a foundation topic for the Basic Hydrologic Science course, this module may be taken on its own, but it will also be available as a supporting topic providing factual scientific information to support students in completion of the case-based forecasting modules.

  12. Sampling the composition of cirrus ice residuals

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    Cziczo, Daniel J.; Froyd, Karl D.

    2014-06-01

    Cirrus are high altitude clouds composed of ice crystals. They are the first tropospheric clouds that can scatter incoming solar radiation and the last which can trap outgoing terrestrial heat. Considering their extensive global coverage, estimated at between 25 and 33% of the Earth's surface, cirrus exert a measurable climate forcing. The global radiative influence depends on a number of properties including their altitude, ice crystal size and number density, and vertical extent. These properties in turn depend on the ability of upper tropospheric aerosol particles to initiate ice formation. Because aerosol populations, and therefore cirrus formation mechanisms, may change due to human activities, the sign of cirrus forcing (a net warming or cooling) due to anthropogenic effects is not universally agreed upon although most modeling studies suggest a positive effect. Cirrus also play a major role in the water cycle in the tropopause region, affecting not only redistribution in the troposphere but also the abundance of vapor entering the stratosphere. Both the current lack of understanding of cirrus properties and the need to improve our ability to project changes due to human activities in the future highlight the critical need to determine the aerosol particles on which cirrus form. This review addresses what is currently known about the abundance, size and composition of cirrus-forming particles. We review aircraft-based field studies which have either collected cirrus ice residuals for off-line analysis or determined their size, composition and other properties in situ by capturing ice crystals and sublimating/removing the condensed phase water. This review is predominantly restricted to cirrus clouds. Limited comparisons are made to other ice-containing (e.g., mixed-phase) cloud types. The findings of recent reviews on laboratory measurements that mimic upper tropospheric cirrus formation are briefly summarized. The limitations of the current state of the art in cirrus ice residual studies are outlined. Important ancillary measurements and how they are integrated with ice residual data are also presented. Concluding statements focus on the need for specific instrumentation and future studies.

  13. Point defects at the ice (0001) surface

    PubMed Central

    Watkins, Matthew; VandeVondele, Joost; Slater, Ben

    2010-01-01

    Using density functional theory we investigate whether intrinsic defects in ice surface segregate. We predict that hydronium, hydroxide, and the Bjerrum L- and D-defects are all more stable at the surface. However, the energetic cost to create a D-defect at the surface and migrate it into the bulk crystal is smaller than its bulk formation energy. Absolute and relative segregation energies are sensitive to the surface structure of ice, especially the spatial distribution of protons associated with dangling hydrogen bonds. It is found that the basal plane surface of hexagonal ice increases the bulk concentration of Bjerrum defects, strongly favoring D-defects over L-defects. Dangling protons associated with undercoordinated water molecules are preferentially injected into the crystal bulk as Bjerrum D-defects, leading to a surface dipole that attracts hydronium ions. Aside from the disparity in segregation energies for the Bjerrum defects, we find the interactions between defect species to be very finely balanced; surface segregation energies for hydronium and hydroxide species and trapping energies of these ionic species with Bjerrum defects are equal within the accuracy of our calculations. The mobility of the ionic hydronium and hydroxide species is greatly reduced at the surface in comparison to the bulk due to surface sites with high trapping affinities. We suggest that, in pure ice samples, the surface of ice will have an acidic character due to the presence of hydronium ions. This may be important in understanding the reactivity of ice particulates in the upper atmosphere and at the boundary layer. PMID:20615938

  14. The role of acids in electrical conduction through ice

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    Stillman, David E.; MacGregor, Joseph A.; Grimm, Robert E.

    2013-03-01

    Electrical conduction through meteoric polar ice is controlled by soluble impurities that originate mostly from sea salt, biomass burning, and volcanic eruptions. The strongest conductivity response is to acids, yet the mechanism causing this response has been unclear. Here we elucidate conduction mechanisms in ice using broadband dielectric spectroscopy of meteoric polar ice cores. We find that conduction through polycrystalline polar ice is consistent with Jaccard theory for migration of charged protonic point defects through single ice crystals, except that bulk DC conduction is impeded by grain boundaries. Neither our observations nor modeling using Archie's Law support the hypothesis that grain-boundary networks of unfrozen acids cause significant electrolytic conduction. Common electrical logs of ice cores (by electrical conductivity measurement [ECM] or dielectric profiling [DEP]) and the attenuation of radio waves in ice sheets thus respond to protonic point defects only. This response implies that joint interpretation of electrical and chemical logs can determine impurity partitioning between the lattice and grain boundaries or inclusions. For example, in the Greenland Ice Core Project (GRIP) ice core from central Greenland, on average more than half of the available lattice-soluble impurities (H+, Cl-, NH4+) create defects. Understanding this partitioning could help further resolve the nature of past changes in atmospheric chemistry.

  15. Quantum Spin Ice for Pr Pyrochlore Magnets

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    Onoda, Shigeki; Tanaka, Yoichi

    2009-03-01

    We theoretically propose a new state comprising a quantum-mechanical analogue of the spin ice for pyrochlore magnets. In classical spin-ice systems like Dy2Ti2O7, the ice rule is mainly driven by the magnetic dipolar interaction, which is proportional to the square of the total angular momentum J. Therefore, for Pr^3+ ions having two f electrons forming the J=4 localized moment, the dipolar interaction becomes an order of magnitude smaller than that for Dy ions. Then, the magnetic superexchange interaction should play a important role. In fact, the form of the exchange interaction is nontrivial because of the highly relativistic nature of f electrons with strong LS coupling and crystal-field effect. Here, we present a microscopic derivation of the effective relativistic spin-orbital Hamiltonian for the pyrochlore magnets Pr2TM2O7 with a transition-metal element TM. Then, it is shown that the nearest-neighbor exchange interaction is significantly modified from antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic by quantum- mechanical processes through excited states split by the crystal field. This bears a quantum-mechanical formation of the ice rule for Pr magnetic moments. Solving the Hamiltonian for a Pr4O tetrahedral cluster, we obtain a further small energy splitting of the low-energy states, leaving doubly degenerate ground states per tetrahedron. Implications for the lattice model and possible relevance to experiments are also discussed.

  16. Preparing and Analyzing Iced Airfoils

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    Vickerman, Mary B.; Baez, Marivell; Braun, Donald C.; Cotton, Barbara J.; Choo, Yung K.; Coroneos, Rula M.; Pennline, James A.; Hackenberg, Anthony W.; Schilling, Herbert W.; Slater, John W.; Burke, Kevin M.; Nolan, Gerald J.; Brown, Dennis

    2004-01-01

    SmaggIce version 1.2 is a computer program for preparing and analyzing iced airfoils. It includes interactive tools for (1) measuring ice-shape characteristics, (2) controlled smoothing of ice shapes, (3) curve discretization, (4) generation of artificial ice shapes, and (5) detection and correction of input errors. Measurements of ice shapes are essential for establishing relationships between characteristics of ice and effects of ice on airfoil performance. The shape-smoothing tool helps prepare ice shapes for use with already available grid-generation and computational-fluid-dynamics software for studying the aerodynamic effects of smoothed ice on airfoils. The artificial ice-shape generation tool supports parametric studies since ice-shape parameters can easily be controlled with the artificial ice. In such studies, artificial shapes generated by this program can supplement simulated ice obtained from icing research tunnels and real ice obtained from flight test under icing weather condition. SmaggIce also automatically detects geometry errors such as tangles or duplicate points in the boundary which may be introduced by digitization and provides tools to correct these. By use of interactive tools included in SmaggIce version 1.2, one can easily characterize ice shapes and prepare iced airfoils for grid generation and flow simulations.

  17. The Friction and Creep of Polycrystalline Ice

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. Barnes; D. Tabor; J. C. F. Walker

    1971-01-01

    The work described in this paper falls into two parts. The first is concerned with a study of the deformation of polycrystalline ice (crystal size ca. 1 mm) in uniaxial compression and when subjected to indentation. The uniaxial compression experiments covered strain rates from 10-9 to 10-2 s-1 and temperatures from 0 to -48oC. It is shown that over the

  18. New insights into ice growth and melting modifications by antifreeze proteins

    PubMed Central

    Bar-Dolev, Maya; Celik, Yeliz; Wettlaufer, J. S.; Davies, Peter L.; Braslavsky, Ido

    2012-01-01

    Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) evolved in many organisms, allowing them to survive in cold climates by controlling ice crystal growth. The specific interactions of AFPs with ice determine their potential applications in agriculture, food preservation and medicine. AFPs control the shapes of ice crystals in a manner characteristic of the particular AFP type. Moderately active AFPs cause the formation of elongated bipyramidal crystals, often with seemingly defined facets, while hyperactive AFPs produce more varied crystal shapes. These different morphologies are generally considered to be growth shapes. In a series of bright light and fluorescent microscopy observations of ice crystals in solutions containing different AFPs, we show that crystal shaping also occurs during melting. In particular, the characteristic ice shapes observed in solutions of most hyperactive AFPs are formed during melting. We relate these findings to the affinities of the hyperactive AFPs for the basal plane of ice. Our results demonstrate the relation between basal plane affinity and hyperactivity and show a clear difference in the ice-shaping mechanisms of most moderate and hyperactive AFPs. This study provides key aspects associated with the identification of hyperactive AFPs. PMID:22787007

  19. Expression and Characterization of an Ice Binding Protein from a Bacterium Isolated at a Depth of 3,519 Meters in the Vostok Ice Core, Antarctica

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    Christner, B. C.; Achberger, A.; Brox, T. I.; Skidmore, M. L.

    2011-12-01

    The cryopreservation of microorganisms in ancient glacial ice is possible if lethal levels of macromolecular damage are not incurred and cellular integrity is not compromised via intracellular ice formation or recrystallization. There are numerous examples of cold-adapted species that prevent or limit ice crystal growth by producing ice-binding proteins (IBP). Previously, a bacterium (isolate 3519-10; Flavobacteriaceae family) recovered from a depth of 3,519 meters below the surface in the Vostok ice core was shown to produce and secrete an IBP that inhibits the recrystallization of ice. To explore the phenotypic advantage that IBPs confer to ice-entrapped cells, experiments were designed to examine the expression of 3519-10's IBP gene and protein at different temperatures, assess the effect of the IBP on bacterial viability in ice, and determine how the IBP influences the physical structure of the ice. Total RNA isolated from aerobic cultures grown at temperatures between 4C to 25C and analyzed by reverse transcription-PCR indicated constitutive expression of the IBP gene. Additionally, SDS-PAGE analysis of 3519-10's extracellular proteins revealed a polypeptide corresponding to the predicted size of the 54 kDa IBP at all temperatures tested. The total extracellular protein fraction was subsequently used in assays with Escherichia coli to examine the effect of the IBP on bacterial survival in warm ice (-5C) and after freeze-thaw cycling. In the presence of 100 ?g mL-1 of extracellular protein from 3519-10, the survival of E. coli was increased by greater than 100-fold; however, the survival of E. coli suspensions containing the same concentration of bovine serum albumin was not significantly different than controls (p<0.05). Microscopic analysis of ice formed in the presence of the IBP indicated that in a mm^2 field of view, there were 5 times as many crystals as in ice formed in the presence of washed 3519-10 cells and non-IBP producing bacteria, and 10 times as many crystals as in particle-free deionized water. Presumably, the effect that the IBP has on bacterial viability and ice crystal structure is due to its activity as an inhibitor of ice recrystallization. Although a myriad of molecular adaptations are likely to play a role in bacterial persistence under frozen conditions, the ability of 3519-10's IBP to control ice crystal structure may provide one explanation for its successful survival deep within the Antarctic ice sheet for thousands of years.

  20. Relative importance of acid coating on ice nuclei in the deposition and contact modes for wintertime Arctic clouds and radiation

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    Girard, Eric; Sokhandan Asl, Niloofar

    2014-01-01

    Aerosols emitted from volcanic activities and polluted mid-latitudes regions are efficiently transported over the Arctic during winter by the large-scale atmospheric circulation. These aerosols are highly acidic. The acid coating on ice nuclei, which are present among these aerosols, alters their ability to nucleate ice crystals. In this research, the effect of acid coating on deposition and contact ice nuclei on the Arctic cloud and radiation is evaluated for January 2007 using a regional climate model. Results show that the suppression of contact freezing by acid coating on ice nuclei leads to small changes of the cloud microstructure and has no significant effect on the cloud radiative forcing (CRF) at the top of the atmosphere when compared with the effect of the alteration of deposition ice nucleation by acid coating on deposition ice nuclei. There is a negative feedback by which the suppression of contact freezing leads to an increase of the ice crystal nucleation rate by deposition ice nucleation. As a result, the suppression of contact freezing leads to an increase of the cloud ice crystal concentration. Changes in the cloud liquid and ice water contents remain small and the CRF is not significantly modified. The alteration of deposition ice nucleation by acid coating on ice nuclei is dominant over the alteration of contact freezing.

  1. Unique dynamic behaviors of ice divides: Siple Dome and the rheological properties of ice

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    Pettit, Erin C.

    The constitutive relationship between applied stress and deformation rate of ice controls the dynamic behavior of the divide regions of ice sheets. I use finite-element modelling to explore three aspects of flow near a divide: (1) the increased relative activity of linear creep mechanisms at low stress, (2) the impact of sliding on stratigraphy, and (3) the role of crystal fabric in deformation. Raymond (1983) showed that a special flow pattern emerges near an ice divide when ice is modelled using Glen's flow law. I show that the dominance of linear creep mechanisms at low stress tends to decrease the prominence of the special divide flow pattern. No Raymond bump forms in the isochrones, and younger ice appears deeper in the ice column, when compared to a more conventional Glen divide. When nonlinear rheological properties are coupled with a strongly anisotropic fabric, the special divide flow pattern is enhanced. Crystal fabric has little effect when the linear term dominates deformation rate. Finally, my model results show that basal sliding tends to redistribute the longitudinal stresses within the ice such that the special divide flow pattern is suppressed. I use these results and available data to study Siple Dome, West Antarctica. The divide region of Siple Dome is presently in steady state, it has thinned at most 40 meters in the last 2000 years, and has been an elevated dome-like feature for much of Holocene. This contrasts with other sites around the Ross Sea Embayment with show modern thinning. Using unique measurements of vertical strain throughout the depth of Siple Dome together with a finite-element flow model, I assess the relative importance of the linear term in the flow law compared to the effect crystal fabric. The linear term does contribute to flow at Siple Dome; the crossover stress is k = 0.22 bar. The band of strong crystal fabric around 750 m depth modifies the divide flow pattern, and, on the flanks, shear strain is concentrated within this layer, rather than in the deeper basal ice, creating a false-bed effect.

  2. Subsurface Ice Probe

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    Hecht, Michael; Carsey, Frank

    2005-01-01

    The subsurface ice probe (SIPR) is a proposed apparatus that would bore into ice to depths as great as hundreds of meters by melting the ice and pumping the samples of meltwater to the surface. Originally intended for use in exploration of subsurface ice on Mars and other remote planets, the SIPR could also be used on Earth as an alternative to coring, drilling, and melting apparatuses heretofore used to sample Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets. The SIPR would include an assembly of instrumentation and electronic control equipment at the surface, connected via a tether to a compact assembly of boring, sampling, and sensor equipment in the borehole (see figure). Placing as much equipment as possible at the surface would help to attain primary objectives of minimizing power consumption, sampling with high depth resolution, and unobstructed imaging of the borehole wall. To the degree to which these requirements would be satisfied, the SIPR would offer advantages over the aforementioned ice-probing systems.

  3. Prospecting for Martian Ice

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    McBride, S. A.; Allen, C. C.; Bell, M. S.

    2005-01-01

    During high Martian obliquity, ice is stable to lower latitudes than predicted by models of present conditions and observed by the Gamma Ray Spectrometer (approx. 60 deg N). An ice-rich layer deposited at mid-latitudes could persist to the present day; ablation of the top 1 m of ice leaving a thin insulating cover could account for lack of its detection by GRS. The presence of an ice-layer in the mid-latitudes is suggested by a network of polygons, interpreted as ice-wedge cracks. This study focuses on an exceptional concentration of polygons in Western Utopia (section of Casius quadrangle, roughly 40 deg - 50 deg N, 255 deg - 300 deg W). We attempt to determine the thickness and age of this ice layer through crater-polygons relations.

  4. Ice-Nucleating Bacteria

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    Obata, Hitoshi

    Since the discovery of ice-nucleating bacteria in 1974 by Maki et al., a large number of studies on the biological characteristics, ice-nucleating substance, ice nucleation gene and frost damage etc. of the bacteria have been carried out. Ice-nucleating bacteria can cause the freezing of water at relatively warm temperature (-2.3°C). Tween 20 was good substrates for ice-nucleating activity of Pseudomonas fluorescens KUIN-1. Major fatty acids of Isolate (Pseudomonas fluorescens) W-11 grown at 30°C were palmitic, cis-9-hexadecenoic and cis-11-octadecenoic which amounted to 90% of the total fatty acids. Sequence analysis shows that an ice nucleation gene from Pseudomonas fluorescens is related to the gene of Pseudomonas syringae.

  5. Incorporation of crude and fuel oil into salt-and freshwater ice

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    Taylor, S.; Perron, N.

    1995-02-01

    North Slope Crude, no. 2 fuel oil, and vegetable oil were each released under columnar freshwater and saltwater ice grown in a laboratory coldroom. Because the thermal conductivity of all the oils is lower than that of water or ice, thinner ice grew under the oil and resulted in a concave ice/water interface. Both the fresh and saline ice encapsulated the oils, but the saline ice did so more slowly. Thin sections of the ice blocks containing the crude and fuel oils show how the columnar ice crystals bend around and under the oil patches. The movement of the vegetable oil during melting was photographed, and spectral reflectance measurements of the ice surface were made to determine if the oil could be detected remotely. Although we could detect the presence of oil under 10 cm of ice, under field conditions the optical detectability of oil will depend upon the depth of the oil within the ice, the type of ice, and the contrast between the under-ice oil and the background against which it is being viewed.

  6. Simulation of the interaction of acetone with ice: (0001) surface, bulk ice and small-angle grain boundaries

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    Hammer, S. M.; Panisch, R.; Kobus, M.; Glinnemann, J.; Schmidt, M. U.

    2009-04-01

    Local structures and energies are calculated for the interactions of acetone with ice Ih by force-field and ab-initio methods. Three interaction sites are investigated: 1) (0001) surface of ice 2) ice bulk (with the acetone substituting one or more water molecules as point defect) 3) small-angle grain boundaries in ice (2D-lattice defects) Ice Ih is the stable ice polymorph at atmospheric conditions.[1]When ice (snow/hail/graupel) begins to form in the troposphere, volatile organic compounds will be adsorbed at the surface or incorporated into the crystals. Acetone (CH3)2CO is one of the most prominent organic pollutants in the atmosphere. For the force-field calculations a modified Dreiding force field[2] was used. Results[3] 1) An acetone molecule adsorbed on the (0001) surface of ice forms two hydrogen bonds between the CO group and two dangling O-H bonds (i.e. bonds which stick out from the surface) of two water molecules. The calculated adsorption enthalpy corresponds well with experimentally determined values. This geometry was confirmed by ab-initio calculations. 2) In bulk ice, the acetone molecule replaces only one water molecule, and distorts the surrounding ice structure. 3) The position of an acetone molecule at a small-angle grain boundary or at a similar lattice defect is energetically more favourable than incorporation in bulk ice. [1] V. F. Petrenko and R. W. Whitworth, Physics of Ice, Oxford University Press Inc., New York, 1999. [2] S. L. Mayo, B. D. Olafson, W. A. Goddard III, J. Phys. Chem. 1990, 94, 8897-8909. [3] S. M. Hammer, R. Panisch, M. Kobus, J. Glinnemann, M. U. Schmidt, CrystEngComm 2009, accepted.

  7. Coherent radar ice thickness measurements over the Greenland ice sheet

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    Gogineni, S. Prasad; Tammana, Dilip; Braaten, David A.; Leuschen, C.; Legarsky, J.; Kanagaratnam, P.; Stiles, J.; Allen, C.; Jezek, K.; Akins, T.

    2001-12-27

    . We have reduced all data collected since 1993 and derived ice thickness along all flight lines flown in support of Program for Regional Climate Assessment (PARCA) investigations and the North Greenland Ice Core Project. Radar echograms and derived ice...

  8. Ice in the Shadows

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    2012-08-03

    This is a lesson about detecting ice on the permanently shadowed craters of Mercury and the Moon. Learners will consider what might be in that ice and will examine why the polar regions of Earth, Mercury and the Moon are colder than elsewhere on the planets. Activities include small group miming, speaking, drawing, and/or writing. This is the lesson 12 of 12 in the unit, Exploring Ice in the Solar System.

  9. LOW TEMPERATURE SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY OF IRREGULAR SNOW CRYSTALS

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    Snow crystals occur in eight basic types: columns, needles, plates, dendrites, irregular crystals, graupel, hail and ice pellets. Most of these types have been described and photographed. However, our understanding of "irregular crystals" remains vague because the limited resolution and depth-of-f...

  10. An ice lithography instrument

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    Han, Anpan; Chervinsky, John; Branton, Daniel; Golovchenko, J. A.

    2011-01-01

    We describe the design of an instrument that can fully implement a new nanopatterning method called ice lithography, where ice is used as the resist. Water vapor is introduced into a scanning electron microscope (SEM) vacuum chamber above a sample cooled down to 110 K. The vapor condenses, covering the sample with an amorphous layer of ice. To form a lift-off mask, ice is removed by the SEM electron beam (e-beam) guided by an e-beam lithography system. Without breaking vacuum, the sample with the ice mask is then transferred into a metal deposition chamber where metals are deposited by sputtering. The cold sample is then unloaded from the vacuum system and immersed in isopropanol at room temperature. As the ice melts, metal deposited on the ice disperses while the metals deposited on the sample where the ice had been removed by the e-beam remains. The instrument combines a high beam-current thermal field emission SEM fitted with an e-beam lithography system, cryogenic systems, and a high vacuum metal deposition system in a design that optimizes ice lithography for high throughput nanodevice fabrication. The nanoscale capability of the instrument is demonstrated with the fabrication of nanoscale metal lines. PMID:21721733

  11. Past Tense Ice

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    Some of the thickest and oldest ice in the Arctic Ocean is disappearing. This radio broadcast (2003) reports on new large cracks found in the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, which had been intact for the last 3000 years. Scientists say these cracks are a sign of a warmer Arctic climate. As the ice shelf melts, it is changing the Arctic environment in profound ways, causing changes in the food chain based on the ice habitat. The clip is 4 minutes and 34 seconds in length.

  12. An ice lithography instrument

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    Han, Anpan; Chervinsky, John; Branton, Daniel; Golovchenko, J. A.

    2011-06-01

    We describe the design of an instrument that can fully implement a new nanopatterning method called ice lithography, where ice is used as the resist. Water vapor is introduced into a scanning electron microscope (SEM) vacuum chamber above a sample cooled down to 110 K. The vapor condenses, covering the sample with an amorphous layer of ice. To form a lift-off mask, ice is removed by the SEM electron beam (e-beam) guided by an e-beam lithography system. Without breaking vacuum, the sample with the ice mask is then transferred into a metal deposition chamber where metals are deposited by sputtering. The cold sample is then unloaded from the vacuum system and immersed in isopropanol at room temperature. As the ice melts, metal deposited on the ice disperses while the metals deposited on the sample where the ice had been removed by the e-beam remains. The instrument combines a high beam-current thermal field emission SEM fitted with an e-beam lithography system, cryogenic systems, and a high vacuum metal deposition system in a design that optimizes ice lithography for high throughput nanodevice fabrication. The nanoscale capability of the instrument is demonstrated with the fabrication of nanoscale metal lines.

  13. An ice lithography instrument

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    Han, Anpan [Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (United States); Chervinsky, John [School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (United States); Branton, Daniel [Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (United States); Golovchenko, J. A. [Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (United States); School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 (United States)

    2011-06-15

    We describe the design of an instrument that can fully implement a new nanopatterning method called ice lithography, where ice is used as the resist. Water vapor is introduced into a scanning electron microscope (SEM) vacuum chamber above a sample cooled down to 110 K. The vapor condenses, covering the sample with an amorphous layer of ice. To form a lift-off mask, ice is removed by the SEM electron beam (e-beam) guided by an e-beam lithography system. Without breaking vacuum, the sample with the ice mask is then transferred into a metal deposition chamber where metals are deposited by sputtering. The cold sample is then unloaded from the vacuum system and immersed in isopropanol at room temperature. As the ice melts, metal deposited on the ice disperses while the metals deposited on the sample where the ice had been removed by the e-beam remains. The instrument combines a high beam-current thermal field emission SEM fitted with an e-beam lithography system, cryogenic systems, and a high vacuum metal deposition system in a design that optimizes ice lithography for high throughput nanodevice fabrication. The nanoscale capability of the instrument is demonstrated with the fabrication of nanoscale metal lines.

  14. A new optical ice particle counter at LACIS

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    Bieligk, Henner; Voelker, Georg Sebastian; Clauss, Tina; Grundmann, Marius; Stratmann, Frank

    2014-05-01

    Clouds play an important role within the climate system, especially for the radiative energy budget of the earth. The radiative properties of a cloud depend strongly on the fractions of ice crystals and water droplets, their size distributions, and the ice crystal shapes within the particular cloud. One option to gain this kind of information is using optical particle counters. A new optical particle counter is developed for laboratory work and is based on the concept of the Thermostabilized Optical Particle Spectrometer for the Detection of Ice Particles (TOPS-Ice, Clauss et al., 2013). TOPS-Ice uses linearly polarized green laser light and the depolarization of the scattered light at a scattering angle of 42.5° to discriminate between liquid water droplets and ice crystals in the lower ?m range. However, the measurements are usually limited to ice fractions in the order of 1%. To improve the determination of the ice fraction, several modifications of the original setup are implemented including an additional detection system at another scattering angle. The new scattering angle is optimized for least interference between the droplet and ice signals. This is achieved by finding the angle with the maximum difference in scattered intensity of water droplets compared to ice crystals with the same volume equivalent diameter. The suitable scattering angle of 100° for linearly polarized light was chosen based on calculations using T-Matrix method, Lorenz-Mie theory, Müller matrices and distribution theory. The new optical setup is designed to run in combination with a laminar flow tube, the so-called Leipzig Aerosol Cloud Interaction Simulator (LACIS, Stratmann et al., 2004; Hartmann et al., 2011). Using LACIS and its precisely controlled thermodynamic conditions, we are able to form small water droplets and ice crystals which will then be detected, classified and sized by our new optical device. This setup is planned to be tested in ice measurements including Snomax® and several dusts (e.g. illite, kaolinite, ATD) as ice nuclei which all show different behaviors in ice formation. Furthermore, a detailed comparison of both instruments TOPS-Ice and the new setup is planned. This project is part of the Leipzig Graduate School on Clouds, Aerosols and Radiation and is partly supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG project WE 4722/1-1) within the DFG Research Unit FOR 1525 INUIT. Clauss, T., Kiselev, A., Hartmann, S., Augustin, S., Pfeifer, S., Niedermeier, D., Wex, H., and Stratmann, F, 2013, Application of linear polarized light for the discrimination of frozen and liquid droplets in ice nucleation experiments, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 1041-1052. Hartmann, S., Niedermeier, D., Voigtländer, J., Clauss, T., Shaw, R. A., Kiselev, A., and Stratmann, F., 2011, Homogeneous and heterogeneous ice nucleation at LACIS: operating principle and theoretical studies, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 1753-1767. Stratmann, F., Kiselev, A., Wurzler, S., Wendisch, M., Heintzenberg, J., Charlson, R. J., Diehl, K., Wex, H., and Schmidt, S., 2004, Laboratory Studies and Numerical Simulations of Cloud Droplet Formation under Realistic Supersaturation Conditions, J. Atmos. Oceanic. Technol., 21, 876-887.

  15. Study of Ice Cloud Properties from Synergetic Use of Satellite Observations and Modeling Capabilities

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    Xie, Yu

    2011-02-22

    The dissertation first investigates the single-scattering properties of inhomogeneous ice crystals containing air bubbles. Specifically, a combination of the ray-tracing technique and the Monte Carlo method is used to simulate the scattering...

  16. A study on the primary and secondary nucleation of ice by power ultrasound.

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    Chow, R; Blindt, R; Chivers, R; Povey, M

    2005-02-01

    Several different investigations have been carried out to study the primary and secondary nucleation of ice by sonocrystallisation. Firstly, the primary nucleation of discrete ice crystals in a supercooled sucrose solution has been observed. For increasing concentrations of sucrose solutions from 0 to 45 wt%, the nucleation temperature consistently occurs at a higher nucleation temperature in the presence of ultrasound. The nucleation temperature also increases as the power output and duty cycle of a commercial ultrasonic horn are increased. Snap shot images of the bubble clouds obtained from the ultrasonic horn also show that the number of bubbles appears to increase as the ultrasonic output is increased. This suggests that the nucleation of ice is related to the power output and number of cavitation bubbles. The effect of a single bubble on the sonocrystallisation of ice is discussed. High-speed movies (1120 fps) have shown that the crystallisation appears to occur in the immediate vicinity of the single bubble. In most cases, many crystals are observed and it is not known whether a single ice crystal is being fragmented by the bubble or whether many crystals are being initiated. The bubble appears to undergo a dancing regime, frequently splitting and rejoining and also emitting some small microbubbles. A study on the secondary nucleation of ice in sucrose solutions has been carried out using a unique ultrasonic cold stage device. Images taken using a microscope system show that the pre-existing ice dendrite crystals can be broken up into smaller fragments by an ultrasonic field. Cavitation bubbles appear to be important during the fragmentation process, possibly melting any ice crystals in their path. Flow patterns around cavitation bubbles have also been observed, and these may be responsible for the fragmentation of ice crystals. PMID:15567197

  17. Deposition Ice Nuclei Concentration at Different Temperatures and Supersaturations

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    López, M. L.; Avila, E.

    2013-05-01

    Ice formation is one of the main processes involved in the initiation of precipitation. Some aerosols serve to nucleate ice in clouds. They are called ice nuclei (IN) and they are generally solid particles, insoluble in water. At temperatures warmer than about -36°C the only means for initiation of the ice phase in the atmosphere involves IN, and temperature and supersaturation required to activate IN are considered as key information for the understanding of primary ice formation in clouds. The objective of this work is to quantify the IN concentration at ground level in Córdoba City, Argentina, under the deposition mode, that is to say that ice deposits on the IN directly from the vapor phase. It happens when the environment is supersaturated with respect to ice and subsaturated with respect to liquid water. Ice nuclei concentrations were measured in a cloud chamber placed in a cold room with temperature control down to -35°C. The operating temperature was varied between -15°C and -30°C. Ice supersaturation was ranged between 2 and 20 %. In order to quantify the number of ice particles produced in each experiment, a dish containing a supercooled solution of cane sugar, water and glycerol was placed on the floor of the cloud chamber. The activated IN grew at the expense of vapor until ice crystals were formed and these then fell down onto the sugar solution. Once there, these crystals could grow enough to be counted easily with a naked eye after a period of about three minutes, when they reach around 2 mm in diameter. In order to compare the present results with previously reported results, the data were grouped in three different ranges of supersaturation: the data with supersaturations between 2 and 8 %, the data with supersaturations between 8 and 14% and the data with supersaturations between 14 and 20 %. In the same way, in order to analize the behavior of IN concentration with supersaturation, the data were grouped for three different temperatures, the data with temperatures between -15°C and -20°C, the data with temperatures between -20°C and -25°C and the data with temperatures between -25°C and -30°C. The results confirm that for each temperature range, the concentration of IN increases at higher supersaturation, and show the tendency of the IN concentration to increase with increasing ice supersaturation. Based on previous parameterizations, a combination of IN concentration in relation with temperature and ice supersaturation is proposed in this work. As far as we know, this is among the first work to measure and parameterize the concentration of deposition ice nuclei in the Southern Hemisphere.

  18. [Tail Plane Icing

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1997-01-01

    The Aviation Safety Program initiated by NASA in 1997 has put greater emphasis in safety related research activities. Ice-contaminated-tailplane stall (ICTS) has been identified by the NASA Lewis Icing Technology Branch as an important activity for aircraft safety related research. The ICTS phenomenon is characterized as a sudden, often uncontrollable aircraft nose- down pitching moment, which occurs due to increased angle-of-attack of the horizontal tailplane resulting in tailplane stall. Typically, this phenomenon occurs when lowering the flaps during final approach while operating in or recently departing from icing conditions. Ice formation on the tailplane leading edge can reduce tailplane angle-of-attack range and cause flow separation resulting in a significant reduction or complete loss of aircraft pitch control. In 1993, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and NASA embarked upon a four-year research program to address the problem of tailplane stall and to quantify the effect of tailplane ice accretion on aircraft performance and handling characteristics. The goals of this program, which was completed in March 1998, were to collect aerodynamic data for an aircraft tail with and without ice contamination and to develop analytical methods for predicting the effects of tailplane ice contamination. Extensive dry air and icing tunnel tests which resulted in a database of the aerodynamic effects associated with tailplane ice contamination. Although the FAA/NASA tailplane icing program generated some answers regarding ice-contaminated-tailplane stall (ICTS) phenomena, NASA researchers have found many open questions that warrant further investigation into ICTS. In addition, several aircraft manufacturers have expressed interest in a second research program to expand the database to other tail configurations and to develop experimental and computational methodologies for evaluating the ICTS phenomenon. In 1998, the icing branch at NASA Lewis initiated a second multi-phase research program for tailplane icing (TIP II) to develop test methodologies and tailplane performance and handling qualities evaluation tools. The main objectives of this new NASA/Industry/Academia collaborative research programs were: (1) define and evaluate a sub-scale wind tunnel test methodology for determining tailplane performance degradation due to icing. (2) develop an experimental database of tailplane aerodynamic performance with and without ice contamination for a range of tailplane configurations. Wind tunnel tests were planned with representative general aviation aircraft, i.e., the Learjet 45, and a twin engine low speed aircraft. This report summarizes the research performed during the first year of the study, and outlines the work tasks for the second year.

  19. Commercial aviation icing research requirements

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    Koegeboehn, L. P.

    1981-01-01

    A short range and long range icing research program was proposed. A survey was made to various industry and goverment agencies to obtain their views of needs for commercial aviation ice protection. Through these responsed, other additional data, and Douglas Aircraft icing expertise; an assessment of the state-of-the-art of aircraft icing data and ice protection systems was made. The information was then used to formulate the icing research programs.

  20. A Experimental Study of Electric Charging during Ice Growth and Evaporation

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    Yayi Dong

    1990-01-01

    A laboratory study has been carried out to investigate electric charge acquired during growth and evaporation of water drops, ice crystals and rime suspended in a diffusion chamber under controlled conditions. During growth from the vapor a positive charge is acquired by ice at temperatures below -4^circC, which reverses in sign at higher temperatures. In contrast, water growing by condensation

  1. Metastable Superheated Ice in Liquid-Water Inclusions under High Negative Pressure

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    Edwin Roedder

    1967-01-01

    In some microscopic inclusions (consisting of aqueous liquid and vapor) in minerals, freezing eliminates the vapor phase because of greater volume occupied by the resulting ice. When vapor fails to nucleate again on partial melting, the resulting negative pressure (hydrostatic tension) inside the inclusions permits the existence of ice I crystals under reversible, metastable equilibrium, at temperatures as high as

  2. The Structural Properties of Vapor Deposited Water Ice and Astrophysical Implications

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    Jenniskens, P.; Blake, D. F.; Chang, Sherwood (Technical Monitor)

    1996-01-01

    Films of vapor deposited water ice at low temperature (T<30 K) show a number of interesting structural changes during a gradual warmup. We would like to talk about the structure of the low temperature high density amorphous form of water ice, the process of crystallization, and some recent work on the morphological changes of water ice films at high temperature. The studies of the high density amorphous form are from in-situ electron microscopy as well as numerical simulations of molecular dynamics and have lead to new insights into the physical distinction between this high density amorphous form and the low density amorphous form. For the process of crystallization, we propose a model that describes the crystallization of water ice from the amorphous phase to cubic ice in terms of the nucleation of small domains in the ice. This model agrees well with the behavior of water ice in our electron microscopy studies and finds that pure water above the glass transition is a strong liquid. In more recent work, we have concentrated on temperatures above the crystallization temperature and we find interesting morphological changes related to the decrease in viscosity of the amorphous component in the cubic crystalline regime. Given enough time, we would like to put these results in an astrophysical context and discuss some observed features of the frost on interstellar grains and the bulk ice in comets.

  3. Proton ordering in tetragonal and monoclinic H2O ice

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    Yen, Fei; Berlie, Adam; Liu, Xiaodi; Goncharov, Alexander F

    2015-01-01

    H2O ice remains one of the most enigmatic materials as its phase diagram reveals up to sixteen solid phases. While the crystal structure of these phases has been determined, the phase boundaries and mechanisms of formation of the proton-ordered phases remain unclear. From high precision measurements of the complex dielectric constant, we probe directly the degree of ordering of the protons in H2O tetragonal ice III and monoclinic ice V down to 80 K. A broadened first-order phase transition is found to occur near 202 K we attribute to a quenched disorder of the protons which causes a continuous disordering of the protons during cooling and metastable behavior. At 126 K the protons in ice III become fully ordered, and for the case of ice V becoming fully ordered at 113 K forming ice XIII. Two triple points are proposed to exist: one at 0.35 GPa and 126 K where ices III, IX and V coexist; and another at 0.35 GPa and 113 K where ices V, IX and XIII coexist. Our findings unravel the underlying mechanism driving th...

  4. Minimalist model of ice microphysics in mixed-phase stratiform clouds

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    Yang, F.; Ovchinnikov, M.; Shaw, R. A.

    2013-12-01

    The question of whether persistent ice crystal precipitation from supercooled layer clouds can be explained by time-dependent, stochastic ice nucleation is explored using an approximate, analytical model and a large-eddy simulation (LES) cloud model. The updraft velocity in the cloud defines an accumulation zone, where small ice particles cannot fall out until they are large enough, which will increase the residence time of ice particles in the cloud. Ice particles reach a quasi-steady state between growth by vapor deposition and fall speed at cloud base. The analytical model predicts that ice water content (wi) has a 2.5 power-law relationship with ice number concentration (ni). wi and ni from a LES cloud model with stochastic ice nucleation confirm the 2.5 power-law relationship, and initial indications of the scaling law are observed in data from the Indirect and Semi-Direct Aerosol Campaign. The prefactor of the power law is proportional to the ice nucleation rate and therefore provides a quantitative link to observations of ice microphysical properties. Ice water content (wi) and ice number concentration (ni) relationship from LES. a and c: Accumulation zone region; b and d: Selective accumulation zone region. Black lines in c and d are best fitted 2.5 slope lines. Colors in Figures a and b represent updraft velocity, while colors in c and d represent altitude. The cloud base and top are at about 600 m and 800 m, respectively. Ice water content (wi) and ice number concentration (ni) relationship for two ice nucleation rates. Blue points are from LES with low ice nucleation rate and red points with high ice nucleation rate. Solid and dashed lines are best fitted 2.5 slope lines.

  5. Overview of LIMEX'87 ice observations

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    Carsey, Frank D.; Holt, Benjamin; Argus, Susan A. Digby; Collins, Michael J.; Livingstone, Charles E.

    1989-01-01

    Ice observations, results, and conclusions are summarized for the March 1987 Labrador Ice Margin Experiment (LIMEX'87), an international oceanographic study conducted in the pack ice of the Grand Banks area off the coast of Newfoundland. Included are the ice extent, floe size and thickness, ice kinematics and rheology, ice microwave properties, oceanic properties under the ice, and penetration of swell into the ice.

  6. Thermal desorption of circumstellar and cometary ice analogs

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    Martín-Doménech, R.; Muñoz Caro, G. M.; Bueno, J.; Goesmann, F.

    2014-04-01

    Context. Thermal annealing of interstellar ices takes place in several stages of star formation. Knowledge of this process comes from a combination of astronomical observations and laboratory simulations under astrophysically relevant conditions. Aims: For the first time we present the results of temperature programmed desorption (TPD) experiments with pre-cometary ice analogs composed of up to five molecular components: H2O, CO, CO2, CH3OH, and NH3. Methods: The experiments were performed with an ultra-high vacuum chamber. A gas line with a novel design allows the controlled preparation of mixtures with up to five molecular components. Volatiles desorbing to the gas phase were monitored using a quadrupole mass spectrometer, while changes in the ice structure and composition were studied by means of infrared spectroscopy. Results: The TPD curves of water ice containing CO, CO2, CH3OH, and NH3 present desorption peaks at temperatures near those observed in pure ice experiments, volcano desorption peaks after water ice crystallization, and co-desorption peaks with water. Desorption peaks of CH3OH and NH3 at temperatures similar to the pure ices takes place when their abundance relative to water is above ~3% in the ice matrix. We found that CO, CO2, and NH3 also present co-desorption peaks with CH3OH, which cannot be reproduced in experiments with binary water-rich ice mixtures. These are extensively used in the study of thermal desorption of interstellar ices. Conclusions: These results reproduce the heating of circumstellar ices in hot cores and can be also applied to the late thermal evolution of comets. In particular, TPD curves represent a benchmark for the analysis of the measurements that mass spectrometers on board the ESA-Rosetta cometary mission will perform on the coma of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which will be active before the arrival of Rosetta according to our predictions.

  7. Spectroscopic signature for ferroelectric ice

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    Wójcik, Marek J.; G?ug, Maciej; Boczar, Marek; Boda, ?ukasz

    2014-09-01

    Various forms of ice exist within our galaxy. Particularly intriguing type of ice - ‘ferroelectric ice' was discovered experimentally and is stable in temperatures below 72 K. This form of ice can generate enormous electric fields and can play an important role in planetary formation. In this letter we present Car-Parrinello simulation of infrared spectra of ferroelectric ice and compare them with spectra of hexagonal ice. Librational region of the spectra can be treated as spectroscopic signature of ice XI and can be of help to identify ferroelectric ice in the Universe.

  8. Mountain of Ice: If the Ice Melts

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    This interactive resource portrays what might happen to world coastlines if entire sections of the Antarctic Ice Sheet were to melt. Viewers can see how much land area might be flooded by a relatively modest 17-foot rise in sea level (represented by the collapse of the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet), or a more severe 170-foot rise, represented by the collapse of the Eastern Antarctic Ice Sheet. By comparing present-day coastline positions with those from the peak glacial advance 20,000 years ago, it is possible to appreciate how much water is contained in glaciers, the importance of monitoring their condition, and the impact accelerated global warming could one day have on sea level. A background essay and list of discussion questions are also provided.

  9. Whither Arctic Sea Ice?

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    Betsy Youngman

    In this activity students work with real datasets to investigate a real situation regarding disappearing Arctic sea ice. The case study has students working side-by-side with a scientist from the National Snow and Ice Data Center and an Inuit community in Manitoba.

  10. Ice Cream Shake

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    2013-12-05

    In this tasty activity, learners make their own ice cream any day of the year in an exploration of heat and cold. Highlights include freezing and melting and the transition from liquid to solid. And at the end, you can eat the experiment! Try using this activity for an Ice Cream Day science celebration.

  11. A Changing Ice Sheet

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    This animation shows the retreat of glacial ice, changes in the shoreline, and the disappearance of the land bridge across the Bering Sea which occurred at the end of the last ice age, beginning just over 21,000 years ago.

  12. Making an Ice Core.

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    Kopaska-Merkel, David C.

    1995-01-01

    Explains an activity in which students construct a simulated ice core. Materials required include only a freezer, food coloring, a bottle, and water. This hands-on exercise demonstrates how a glacier is formed, how ice cores are studied, and the nature of precision and accuracy in measurement. Suitable for grades three through eight. (Author/PVD)

  13. Ice Core Investigations

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    Krim, Jessica; Brody, Michael

    2008-01-01

    What can glaciers tell us about volcanoes and atmospheric conditions? How does this information relate to our understanding of climate change? Ice Core Investigations is an original and innovative activity that explores these types of questions. It brings together popular science issues such as research, climate change, ice core drilling, and air…

  14. Fire beneath the ice

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    Monastersky, R.

    1993-02-13

    A volcano discovered six years ago by researchers Blankenship and Bell under Antarctica poses questions about a potential climatic catastrophe. The researchers claim that the volcano is still active, erupting occasionally and growing. A circular depression on the surface of the ice sheet has ice flowing into it and is used to provide a portrait of the heat source. The volcano is on a critical transition zone within West Antarctica with fast flowing ice streams directly downhill. Work by Blankenship shows that a soft layer of water-logged sediments called till provide the lubricating layer on the underside of the ice streams. Volcanos may provide the source of this till. The ice streams buffer the thick interior ice from the ocean and no one know what will happen if the ice streams continue to shorten. These researchers believe their results indicate that the stability of West Antarctica ultimately depends less on the current climate than on the location of heat and sediments under the ice and the legacy of past climatic changes.

  15. Antarctic Ice Velocity Data

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    1999-01-01

    The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) (described in the October 2, 1998 Scout Report) provides the Antarctic Ice Velocity Data set. This set contains large satellite image maps along with latitude, longitude, speed, bearing, and error ranges data. Data for this set is available via FTP.

  16. Antarctica: Sea Ice

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    This video segment, adapted from a NOVA broadcast, shows how sea ice forms in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica and how its seasonal fluctuation dramatically changes the continent. The segment, two minutes thirty-five seconds in length, includes rare footage of the destruction of the British ship 'Endurance', trapped and crushed by sea ice in 1914.

  17. Global Ice Viewer

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    Laura Tenenbaum

    With this simulation from the NASA Climate website, learners explore different examples of how ice is melting due to climate change in four places where large quantities of ice are found. The photo comparisons, graphs, animations, and especially the time lapse video clips of glaciers receding are astonishing and dramatic.

  18. Crystal Structure, Bonding, and Phase Transition of the Superconducting Na2CsC60 Fulleride.

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    Prassides, K; Christides, C; Thomas, I M; Mizuki, J; Tanigaki, K; Hirosawa, I; Ebbesen, T W

    1994-02-18

    The crystal structure of superconducting Na(2)CsC(60) was studied by high-resolution powder neutron diffraction between 1.6 and 425 K. Contrary to the literature, the structure at low temperatures is primitive cubic [See equation in the PDF file], isostructural with pristine C(60). Anticlockwise rotation of the C(60) units by 98 degrees about [111] allows simultaneous optimization of C(60)-C(60) and alkali-fulleride interactions. Optimal Na(+)-C(60)(3-) coordination is achieved with each sodium ion located above one hexagon face and three hexagon-hexagon fusions of neighboring fulleride ions (coordination number 12). Reduction of the C(60) molecule lengthens the hexagon-hexagon fusions and shortens the pentagon-hexagon fusions (to approximately 1.43 angstroms). On heating, Na(2)CsC(60) undergoes a phase transition to a face-centered-cubic [See equation in the PDF file] phase, best modeled as containing quasi-spherical C(60)(3-) ions. The modified structure and intermolecular potential provide an additional dimension to the behavior of superconducting fullerides and should sensitively affect their electronic and conducting properties. PMID:17758637

  19. Isolation and characterization of ice-binding proteins from higher plants.

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    Middleton, Adam J; Vanderbeld, Barbara; Bredow, Melissa; Tomalty, Heather; Davies, Peter L; Walker, Virginia K

    2014-01-01

    The characterization of ice-binding proteins from plants can involve many techniques, only a few of which are presented here. Chief among these methods are tests for ice recrystallization inhibition activity. Two distinct procedures are described; neither is normally used for precise quantitative assays. Thermal hysteresis assays are used for quantitative studies but are also useful for ice crystal morphologies, which are important for the understanding of ice-plane binding. Once the sequence of interest is cloned, recombinant expression, necessary to verify ice-binding protein identity can present challenges, and a strategy for recovery of soluble, active protein is described. Lastly, verification of function in planta borrows from standard protocols, but with an additional screen applicable to ice-binding proteins. Here we have attempted to assist researchers wishing to isolate and characterize ice-binding proteins from plants with a few methods critical to success. PMID:24852641

  20. Sea Ice 1987 - 2012

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    This site features a video that illustrates both seasonal patterns and long-term changes in sea ice distribution across the Arctic Ocean. It draws data from two satellite instruments that measure emitted microwave radiation, which helps distinguish open ocean from ice. It shows that during the winter months, a layer of ice forms across vast expanses of the Arctic Ocean and each summer, more than half of that ice vanishes. Students discover that this natural cycle of freezing and thawing is influenced both by seasonal temperature variations and long-term climate change and that scientists are using satellite images to measure the distribution of Arctic sea ice in order to gain a better understanding of how it is linked to Earth's climate system.

  1. Reionization on ice

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    C. C. Dudley; M. Imanishi; P. R. Maloney

    2006-02-15

    The case for substantial far infrared ice emission in local ultraluminous infrared galaxies, expected based on the presence of mid-infrared ice absorption in their spectra and the known far infrared optical properties of ice, is still largely unsupported by direct observation owing to insufficient far infrared spectral coverage. Some marginal supportive evidence is presented here. A clear consequence of far infrared ice emission is the need to extend the range of redshifts considered for submillimeter sources. This is demonstrated via the example of HDF 850.1. The solid phase of the ISM during reionization may be dominated by ice, and this could lead to the presence of reionization sources in submillimeter source catalogs. Submillimeter sources not detected at 24 micron in the GOODS-N field are examined. Two candidate reionization sources are identified at 3.6 micron through possible Gunn-Peterson saturation in the Z band.

  2. Water Ice and Life's Roots in Space

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    Blake, David; Jenniskens, Peter; DeVincenzi, Donald L. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Nearly three decades ago as Voyager 2 spacecraft raced out of the Solar System. NASA engineers turned its camera arm around (at the request of the American astronomer Carl Sagan) to take a parting snapshot of Earth. Earth's image was a single pale blue pixel, its color caused by the Rayleigh scattering of sunlight in the water of our oceans. Earth is a water planet, and this is the color of life. No matter how far we travel on our planet, no matter how high or deep, if we find liquid water, we find some form of life that manages to survive there. And yet there is a cruel irony. Water in its solid crystalline form is hostile to life. Organisms can roost in geysers, wallow in brine and gulp down acid, but they cowered from ice. The rigid ordering of water molecules in ice crystals expels impurities and tears organic tissue beyond repair. In fact, about the only good thing you can say about ice is that it gets out of the way: Its low density ensures that it floats and leaves the water dwelling creatures in peace. Recent discoveries have caused us to rethink this basic premise. New lines of evidence both observational and experimental - suggest that prebiotic organic compounds are not only comfortable in, but in fact had their origin in a peculiar form of solid water ice that is ubiquitous in interstellar space, but completely absent from Earth. Only recently have we been able to create even submicroscopic quantities of this ice in terrestrial laboratories, yet it constitutes the most abundant form of water in the universe. Interstellar ice is a far cry from the ice we are so familiar with on Earth. This interstellar ice has no crystalline structure, and despite the fact that its temperature is a scant few degrees above absolute zero (where all molecular motion ceases), it is highly reactive and can flow like water when exposed to radiation. It is in fact this ice's similarity to liquid water that allows it to participate in the creation of the very first organic compounds.

  3. Coating Reduces Ice Adhesion

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    Smith, Trent; Prince, Michael; DwWeese, Charles; Curtis, Leslie

    2008-01-01

    The Shuttle Ice Liberation Coating (SILC) has been developed to reduce the adhesion of ice to surfaces on the space shuttle. SILC, when coated on a surface (foam, metal, epoxy primer, polymer surfaces), will reduce the adhesion of ice by as much as 90 percent as compared to the corresponding uncoated surface. This innovation is a durable coating that can withstand several cycles of ice growth and removal without loss of anti-adhesion properties. SILC is made of a binder composed of varying weight percents of siloxane(s), ethyl alcohol, ethyl sulfate, isopropyl alcohol, and of fine-particle polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The combination of these components produces a coating with significantly improved weathering characteristics over the siloxane system alone. In some cases, the coating will delay ice formation and can reduce the amount of ice formed. SILC is not an ice prevention coating, but the very high water contact angle (greater than 140 ) causes water to readily run off the surface. This coating was designed for use at temperatures near -170 F (-112 C). Ice adhesion tests performed at temperatures from -170 to 20 F (-112 to -7 C) show that SILC is a very effective ice release coating. SILC can be left as applied (opaque) or buffed off until the surface appears clear. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data show that the coating is still present after buffing to transparency. This means SILC can be used to prevent ice adhesion even when coating windows or other objects, or items that require transmission of optical light. Car windshields are kept cleaner and SILC effectively mitigates rain and snow under driving conditions.

  4. Southern Ocean CO2 sink: The contribution of the sea ice

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    Delille, Bruno; Vancoppenolle, Martin; Geilfus, Nicolas-Xavier; Tilbrook, Bronte; Lannuzel, Delphine; Schoemann, Véronique; Becquevort, Sylvie; Carnat, Gauthier; Delille, Daniel; Lancelot, Christiane; Chou, Lei; Dieckmann, Gerhard S.; Tison, Jean-Louis

    2014-09-01

    We report first direct measurements of the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) within Antarctic pack sea ice brines and related CO2 fluxes across the air-ice interface. From late winter to summer, brines encased in the ice change from a CO2 large oversaturation, relative to the atmosphere, to a marked undersaturation while the underlying oceanic waters remains slightly oversaturated. The decrease from winter to summer of pCO2 in the brines is driven by dilution with melting ice, dissolution of carbonate crystals, and net primary production. As the ice warms, its permeability increases, allowing CO2 transfer at the air-sea ice interface. The sea ice changes from a transient source to a sink for atmospheric CO2. We upscale these observations to the whole Antarctic sea ice cover using the NEMO-LIM3 large-scale sea ice-ocean and provide first estimates of spring and summer CO2 uptake from the atmosphere by Antarctic sea ice. Over the spring-summer period, the Antarctic sea ice cover is a net sink of atmospheric CO2 of 0.029 Pg C, about 58% of the estimated annual uptake from the Southern Ocean. Sea ice then contributes significantly to the sink of CO2 of the Southern Ocean.

  5. Modelling biogeochemical tracer transport in sea ice due to gravity drainage

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    Hitchen, Joseph; Wells, Andrew

    2014-05-01

    Sea ice is a porous material, formed of an evolving array of solid ice crystals bathed in liquid brine. The liquid-filled pore space provides a habitat for life within the ice, and, when the ice is permeable, provides a pathway for exchange of gases and other chemicals between the ice, ocean, and atmosphere. This coupling between the physical, chemical, and biological evolution of sea ice has poorly constrained implications for biogeochemical processes, such as the impact of sea ice on the carbon cycle. During winter ice growth, so-called gravity drainage drives a convective exchange of brine between the ocean and the porous interior of sea ice. Here, we use two-dimensional mushy-layer simulations of convective flow to provide insight into the resulting transport of passive biogeochemical tracers through the ice. We quantify the chemical concentration in the liquid during periods of quasi-steady growth rate, and determine a scaling law for the total chemical tracer fluxes through the region of active convection inside the ice. Chemical concentrations show spatial heterogeneity, and our results predict enhanced chemical concentrations in the pore space near to brine channels. These results may provide useful insight for interpreting studies of sea-ice biogeochemistry, and offer a framework to develop models of physical, chemical, and biological interactions.

  6. Cryo-Microscopic Analysis of the Effects of Extra Cellular Proteins on Polycrystalline Ice Structure

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    Brox, T.; Skidmore, M. L.; Christner, B. C.; Achberger, A.

    2010-12-01

    Recent work has demonstrated that microorganisms can occupy the liquid filled inter-crystalline veins in ice and maintain their metabolic activity under these conditions. While these discoveries have increased the extent of the biosphere to include the large continental ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland as biomes, the habitat of the microorganisms within the inter-crystalline liquid veins is poorly understood. Certain cold tolerant organisms produce extra cellular proteins (i.e., ice-binding proteins) that have the ability to bind to the prism face of an ice crystal and inhibit recrystallization of ice. This phenotype affects the physical ice structure and the liquid vein network, potentially providing ice-inhabiting species a protective mechanism with which to control their habitat. One such microorganism is Chryseobacterium sp. V3519-10, a bacterium isolated from a depth of 3519 m in the Vostok Ice Core. Our investigation is examining the impact of extra cellular proteins from this ice-adapted bacterium on the formation of ice crystals and characterizing the inter-crystalline liquid filled vein network using cryo-microscopy.

  7. Microphysical consequences of the spatial distribution of ice nucleation in mixed-phase stratiform clouds

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    Yang, Fan; Ovchinnikov, Mikhail; Shaw, Raymond A.

    2014-07-01

    Mixed-phase stratiform clouds can persist even with steady ice precipitation fluxes, and the origin and microphysical properties of the ice crystals are of interest. Vapor deposition growth and sedimentation of ice particles along with a uniform volume source of ice nucleation lead to a power law relation between ice water content wi and ice number concentration ni with exponent 2.5. The result is independent of assumptions about the vertical velocity structure of the cloud and is therefore more general than the related expression of Yang et al. (2013). The sensitivity of the wi-ni relationship to the spatial distribution of ice nucleation is confirmed by Lagrangian tracking and ice growth with cloud volume, cloud top, and cloud base sources of ice particles through a time-dependent cloud field. Based on observed wi and ni from Indirect and Semi-Direct Aerosol Campaign, a lower bound of 0.006 m-3 s-1 is obtained for the ice crystal formation rate.

  8. Extension of an Ice Shelf Water plume model beneath sea ice with application in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

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    Hughes, K. G.; Langhorne, P. J.; Leonard, G. H.; Stevens, C. L.

    2014-12-01

    A one-dimensional, frazil-laden plume model predicts the properties of Ice Shelf Water (ISW) as it evolves beneath sea ice beyond the ice shelf edge. An idealized background ocean circulation, which moves parallel to the plume, imitates forcings other than the plume's own buoyancy. The size distribution and concentration of the plume's suspended frazil ice crystals are affected by the background circulation velocity, the root-mean square tidal velocity, the drag coefficient, and the efficiency of secondary nucleation. Consequently, these variables are the key physical controls on the survival of supercooled water with distance from the ice shelf, which is predicted using several realistic parameter choices. Starting at 65 m thick, the in situ supercooled layer thins to 11 ± 5 and 4 ± 3 m at distances of 50 and 100 km, respectively. We apply the extended model in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, along the expected path of the coldest water. Three late-winter oceanographic stations along this path, in conjunction with historical data, provide initial conditions and evaluation of the simulations. Near the ice shelf in the western Sound, the water column consisted entirely of ISW, and the subice platelet layer thickness exceeded 5 m with platelet crystals dominating the sea ice structure suggesting that ISW persisted throughout winter. Presuming a constant ISW flux, the model predicts that the plume increases thermodynamic growth of sea ice by approximately 0.1 m yr-1 (˜5% of the average growth rate) even as far as 100 km beyond the ice shelf edge.

  9. Structural Characterization of Crystalline Ice Nanoclusters

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    Blake, David

    2000-01-01

    Water ice nanoclusters are useful analogs for studying a variety of processes that occur within icy grains in the extraterrestrial environment. The surface of ice nanoclusters prepared in the laboratory is similar to the surface of interstellar ice grains. In cold molecular clouds, the silicate cores of interstellar grains are typically approx. 100 nm in diameter and have a coating of impure amorphous water ice. Depositional, thermal and radiolytic processes leave the surface and subsurface molecules in a disordered state. In this state, structural defects become mobile and reactions of trapped gases and small molecules can occur. The large surface area of nanocluster deposits relative to their bulk allows for routine observation of such surface-mediated processes. Furthermore, the disordered surface and subsurface layers in nanocluster deposits mimic the structure of amorphous ice rinds found on interstellar dust grains. Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM has been used tn characterize the crystallinity, growth mechanism, and size distribution of nanoclusters formed from a mixture of water vapor with an inert carrier gas that has been rapidly cooled to 77K. E M imaging reveals a Gaussian size distribution around a modal diameter that increases from approx. 15 to 30 nm as the percentage of water vapor within the mixture increases from 0.5 to 2.007, respectively . TEM bright and dark field imaging also reveals the crystalline nature of the clusters. h4any of the clusters show a mosaic structure in which crystalline domains originate at the center Other images show mirror planes that are separated by approx. 10 nm. Electron diffraction patterns of these clusters show that the clusters are composed of cubic ice with only a small hexagonal component. Further, the crystalline domain size is approximately the same as the modal diameter suggesting that the clusters are single crystals.

  10. Initiation of the ice phase by marine biogenic surfaces in supersaturated gas and supercooled aqueous phases.

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    Alpert, Peter A; Aller, Josephine Y; Knopf, Daniel A

    2011-11-28

    Biogenic particles have the potential to affect the formation of ice crystals in the atmosphere with subsequent consequences for the hydrological cycle and climate. We present laboratory observations of heterogeneous ice nucleation in immersion and deposition modes under atmospherically relevant conditions initiated by Nannochloris atomus and Emiliania huxleyi, marine phytoplankton with structurally and chemically distinct cell walls. Temperatures at which freezing, melting, and water uptake occur are observed using optical microscopy. The intact and fragmented unarmoured cells of N. atomus in aqueous NaCl droplets enhance ice nucleation by 10-20 K over the homogeneous freezing limit and can be described by a modified water activity based ice nucleation approach. E. huxleyi cells covered by calcite plates do not enhance droplet freezing temperatures. Both species nucleate ice in the deposition mode at an ice saturation ratio, S(ice), as low as ~1.2 and below 240 K, however, for each, different nucleation modes occur at warmer temperatures. These observations show that markedly different biogenic surfaces have both comparable and contrasting effects on ice nucleation behaviour depending on the presence of the aqueous phase and the extent of supercooling and water vapour supersaturation. We derive heterogeneous ice nucleation rate coefficients, J(het), and cumulative ice nuclei spectra, K, for quantification and analysis using time-dependent and time-independent approaches, respectively. Contact angles, ?, derived from J(het)via immersion freezing depend on T, a(w), and S(ice). For deposition freezing, ? can be described as a function of S(ice) only. The different approaches yield different predictions of atmospheric ice crystal numbers primarily due to the time evolution allowed for the time-dependent approach with implications for the evolution of mixed-phase and ice clouds. PMID:21912788

  11. Ice Cream with a Heart Create a new Clemson Ice

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    Duchowski, Andrew T.

    Ice Cream with a Heart Contest! Create a new Clemson Ice Cream flavor! Raise money for your favorite charity! Win a free Clemson Ice Cream party for your organization! Enter at www organizations. The contest is called Ice Cream with a Heart and its purpose is to help student organizations

  12. Very ice rich permafrost Moderately ice rich permafrost

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    Ruess, Roger W.

    TK lake Very ice rich permafrost Permafrost forest Moderately ice rich permafrost Open Bog Open Fen characteristics (mainly ice content) and burn severity determine trajectories of ecosystem succession post in the presence of moderately ice rich permafrost but have high resilience only under low burn severity in very

  13. Freezing, melting and structure of ice in a hydrophilic nanopore.

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    Moore, Emily B; de la Llave, Ezequiel; Welke, Kai; Scherlis, Damian A; Molinero, Valeria

    2010-04-28

    The nucleation, growth, structure and melting of ice in 3 nm diameter hydrophilic nanopores are studied through molecular dynamics simulations with the mW water model. The melting temperature of water in the pore was T(m)(pore) = 223 K, 51 K lower than the melting point of bulk water in the model and in excellent agreement with experimental determinations for 3 nm silica pores. Liquid and ice coexist in equilibrium at the melting point and down to temperatures as low as 180 K. Liquid water is located at the interface of the pore wall, increasing from one monolayer at the freezing temperature, T(f)(pore) = 195 K, to two monolayers a few degrees below T(m)(pore). Crystallization of ice in the pore occurs through homogeneous nucleation. At the freezing temperature, the critical nucleus contains approximately 75 to 100 molecules, with a radius of gyration similar to the radius of the pore. The critical nuclei contain features of both cubic and hexagonal ice, although stacking of hexagonal and cubic layers is not defined until the nuclei reach approximately 150 molecules. The structure of the confined ice is rich in stacking faults, in agreement with the interpretation of X-ray and neutron diffraction experiments. Though the presence of cubic layers is twice as prevalent as hexagonal ones, the crystals should not be considered defective Ic as sequences with more than three adjacent cubic (or hexagonal) layers are extremely rare in the confined ice. PMID:20379503

  14. Evaluating and Constraining Ice Cloud Parameterizations in CAM5 using Aircraft Measurements from the SPARTICUS Campaign

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    Zhang, Kai; Liu, Xiaohong; Wang, Minghuai; Comstock, Jennifer M.; Mitchell, David; Mishra, Subhashree; Mace, Gerald G.

    2013-05-14

    This study uses aircraft measurements of relative humidity and ice crystal size distribution collected in synoptic cirrus during the SPARTICUS (Small PARTicles In CirrUS) field campaign to evaluate and constrain ice cloud parameterizations in the Community Atmosphere Model version 5. The probability density function (PDF) of ice crystal number concentration (Ni) derived from high frequency (1 Hz) measurements features a strong dependence on ambient temperature. As temperature decreases from -35°C to -62°C, the peak in the PDF shifts from 10-20 L-1 to 200-1000 L-1, while the ice crystal number concentration shows a factor of 6-7 increase. Model simulations are performed with two different insitu ice nucleation schemes. One of the schemes can reproduce a clear increase of Ni with decreasing temperature, by using either an observation based ice nuclei spectrum or a classical theory based spectrum with a relatively low (5%-10%) maximum freezing ratio for dust aerosols. The simulation with the other scheme, which assumes a high maximum freezing ratio (100%), shows much weaker temperature dependence of Ni. Simulations are also performed to test empirical parameters related to water vapor deposition and the auto-conversion of ice crystals to snow. Results show that a value between 0.05 and 0.1 for the water vapor deposition coefficient and 250 um for the critical ice crystal size can produce good agreements between model simulation and the SPARTICUS measurements in terms of ice crystal number concentration and effective radius. The climate impact of perturbing these parameters is also discussed.

  15. Icing Cloud Calibration of the NASA Glenn Icing Research Tunnel

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    Ide, Robert F.; Oldenburg, John R.

    2001-01-01

    The icing research tunnel at the NASA Glenn Research Center underwent a major rehabilitation in 1999, necessitating recalibration of the icing clouds. This report describes the methods used in the recalibration, including the procedure used to establish a uniform icing cloud and the use of a standard icing blade technique for measurement of liquid water content. The instruments and methods used to perform the droplet size calibration are also described. The liquid water content/droplet size operating envelopes of the icing tunnel are shown for a range of airspeeds and compared to the FAA icing certification criteria. The capabilities of the IRT to produce large droplet icing clouds is also detailed.

  16. Refined solution structure of type III antifreeze protein: hydrophobic groups may be involved in the energetics of the protein–ice interaction

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    Frank D Sönnichsen; Carl I DeLuca; Peter L Davies; Brian D Sykes

    1996-01-01

    Background Antifreeze proteins are found in certain fish inhabiting polar sea water. These proteins depress the freezing points of blood and body fluids below that of the surrounding sea water by binding to and inhibiting the growth of seed ice crystals. The proteins are believed to bind irreversibly to growing ice crystals in such a way as to change the

  17. Ice sheets and nitrogen

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    Wolff, Eric W.

    2013-01-01

    Snow and ice play their most important role in the nitrogen cycle as a barrier to land–atmosphere and ocean–atmosphere exchanges that would otherwise occur. The inventory of nitrogen compounds in the polar ice sheets is approximately 260 Tg N, dominated by nitrate in the much larger Antarctic ice sheet. Ice cores help to inform us about the natural variability of the nitrogen cycle at global and regional scale, and about the extent of disturbance in recent decades. Nitrous oxide concentrations have risen about 20 per cent in the last 200 years and are now almost certainly higher than at any time in the last 800 000 years. Nitrate concentrations recorded in Greenland ice rose by a factor of 2–3, particularly between the 1950s and 1980s, reflecting a major change in NOx emissions reaching the background atmosphere. Increases in ice cores drilled at lower latitudes can be used to validate or constrain regional emission inventories. Background ammonium concentrations in Greenland ice show no significant recent trend, although the record is very noisy, being dominated by spikes of input from biomass burning events. Neither nitrate nor ammonium shows significant recent trends in Antarctica, although their natural variations are of biogeochemical and atmospheric chemical interest. Finally, it has been found that photolysis of nitrate in the snowpack leads to significant re-emissions of NOx that can strongly impact the regional atmosphere in snow-covered areas. PMID:23713125

  18. High Speed Ice Friction

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    Seymour-Pierce, Alexandra; Sammonds, Peter; Lishman, Ben

    2014-05-01

    Many different tribological experiments have been run to determine the frictional behaviour of ice at high speeds, ostensibly with the intention of applying results to everyday fields such as winter tyres and sports. However, experiments have only been conducted up to linear speeds of several metres a second, with few additional subject specific studies reaching speeds comparable to these applications. Experiments were conducted in the cold rooms of the Rock and Ice Physics Laboratory, UCL, on a custom built rotational tribometer based on previous literature designs. Preliminary results from experiments run at 2m/s for ice temperatures of 271 and 263K indicate that colder ice has a higher coefficient of friction, in accordance with the literature. These results will be presented, along with data from further experiments conducted at temperatures between 259-273K (in order to cover a wide range of the temperature dependent behaviour of ice) and speeds of 2-15m/s to produce a temperature-velocity-friction map for ice. The effect of temperature, speed and slider geometry on the deformation of ice will also be investigated. These speeds are approaching those exhibited by sports such as the luge (where athletes slide downhill on an icy track), placing the tribological work in context.

  19. Analysis of iced wings

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Cebeci, Tuncer; Chen, H. H.; Kaups, K.; Schimke, S.; Shin, Jaiwon

    1992-01-01

    A method for computing ice shapes along the leading edge of a wing and a method for predicting its aerodynamic performance degradation due to icing is described. Ice shapes are computed using an extension of the LEWICE code which was developed for airfoils. The aerodynamic properties of the iced wing are determined with an interactive scheme in which the solutions of the inviscid flow equations are obtained from a panel method and the solutions of the viscous flow equations are obtained from an inverse three-dimensional finite-difference boundary-layer method. A new interaction law is used to couple the inviscid and viscous flow solutions. The application of the LEWICE wing code to the calculation of ice shapes on a MS-317 swept wing show good agreement with measurements. The interactive boundary layer method is applied to a tapered iced wing in order to study the effect of icing on the aerodynamic properties of the wing at several angles of attack.

  20. Analysis of iced wings

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Cebeci, T.; Chen, H. H.; Kaups, K.; Schimke, S.; Shin, J.

    1992-01-01

    A method for computing ice shapes along the leading edge of a wing and a method for predicting its aerodynamic performance degradation due to icing is described. Ice shapes are computed using an extension of the LEWICE code which was developed for airfoils. The aerodynamic properties of the iced wing are determined with an interactive scheme in which the solutions of the inviscid flow equations are obtained from a panel method and the solutions of the viscous flow equations are obtained from an inverse three-dimensional finite-difference boundary-layer method. A new interaction law is used to couple the inviscid and viscous flow solutions. The application of the LEWICE wing code to the calculation of ice shapes on a MS-317 swept wing shows good agreement with measurements. The interactive boundary-layer method is applied to a tapered ice wing in order to study the effect of icing on the aerodynamic properties of the wing at several angles of attack.

  1. Skylab floating ice experiment

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Campbell, W. J. (principal investigator); Ramseier, R. O.; Weaver, R. J.; Weeks, W. F.

    1975-01-01

    The author has identified the following significant results. Coupling of the aircraft data with the ground truth observations proved to be highly successful with interesting results being obtained with IR and SLAR passive microwave techniques, and standard photography. Of particular interest were the results of the PMIS system which operated at 10.69 GHz with both vertical and horizontal polarizations. This was the first time that dual polarized images were obtained from floating ice. In both sea and lake ice, it was possible to distinguish a wide variety of thin ice types because of their large differences in brightness temperatures. It was found that the higher brightness temperature was invariably obtained in the vertically polarized mode, and as the age of the ice increases the brightness temperature increases in both polarizations. Associated with this change in age, the difference in temperature was observed as the different polarizations decreased. It appears that the horizontally polarized data is the most sensitive to variations in ice type for both fresh water and sea ice. The study also showed the great amount of information on ice surface roughness and deformation patterns that can be obtained from X-band SLAR observations.

  2. Curious Crystals

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    James H. Kessler

    2007-01-01

    Learners carefully look at four known household crystals. After observing and describing the crystals, learners are given an unknown crystal, which is chemically the same as one of the four known crystals but looks different. When learners realize that they cannot identify this crystal by its appearance alone, they will suggest other tests and ways to compare the crystals to eventually identify the unknown crystal. The related activities are examples of tests learners can conduct on the crystals. After a series of these tests, learners will gather enough evidence to identify the unknown crystal.

  3. Ice protection of offshore platforms

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Charles C. Ryerson

    2011-01-01

    Climate change-induced reduction in the extent and duration of sea ice cover, as well as an increase in energy demands, has caused renewed interest in exploring and drilling for oil in Arctic waters. Superstructure icing from sea spray and atmospheric icing in the Arctic may impact offshore platform operations. Though icing has not caused the loss of an offshore platform,

  4. An ice shelf breakup

    SciTech Connect

    Fahnestock, M. [Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)

    1996-02-09

    Glaciers and ice sheets are controlled by the climate and must change if the conditions that led to their current configurations are changing. These ice masses exist at the interface between the atmosphere, which provides sustaining snowfall and thermal regulation, and the land, which provides a stable base and in many cases the elevation required to reach suitably cold conditions. Ice sheets and glaciers are distributed around the globe and can serve as potential indicators of past climate variability and current climatic trends. 9 refs.

  5. Ice nucleation terminology

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vali, G.; DeMott, P.; Möhler, O.; Whale, T. F.

    2014-08-01

    Progress in the understanding of ice nucleation is being hampered by the lack of uniformity in how some terms are used in the literature. This even extends to some ambiguity of meanings attached to some terms. Suggestions are put forward here for common use of terms. Some are already well established and clear of ambiguities. Others are less engrained and will need a conscious effort in adoption. Evolution in the range of systems where ice nucleation is being studied enhances the need for a clear nomenclature. The ultimate limit in the clarity of definitions is, of course, the limited degree to which ice nucleation processes are understood.

  6. Vortex ice in nanostructured superconductors

    SciTech Connect

    Reichhardt, Charles [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Reichhardt, Cynthia J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Libal, Andras J [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2008-01-01

    We demonstrate using numerical simulations of nanostructured superconductors that it is possible to realize vortex ice states that are analogous to square and kagome ice. The system can be brought into a state that obeys either global or local ice rules by applying an external current according to an annealing protocol. We explore the breakdown of the ice rules due to disorder in the nanostructure array and show that in square ice, topological defects appear along grain boundaries, while in kagome ice, individual defects appear. We argue that the vortex system offers significant advantages over other artificial ice systems.

  7. Engineering and Design: Ice Engineering

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    2002-01-01

    As part of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Ice Engineering Group solves problems stemming from ice and its effects on equipment and operations. This broad area includes ice jams that impede maritime navigation, maintenance issues, and "the destructive forces that moving ice exerts on river or coastal structures." Released on Oct. 30, 2002, the Ice Engineering Manual, given on this site, is divided into three parts. The first describes the difficulties presented by ice accumulation and how they are solved. Next, preventative measures are introduced that minimize the problem of ice jams. The last part discusses how boats navigate dangerous inland waterways during the winter.

  8. Engineering and Design: Ice Engineering

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    As part of the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Ice Engineering Group solves problems stemming from ice and its effects on equipment and operations. This broad area includes ice jams that impede maritime navigation, maintenance issues, and "the destructive forces that moving ice exerts on river or coastal structures." Released on Oct. 30, 2002, the Ice Engineering Manual, given on this site, is divided into three parts. The first describes the difficulties presented by ice accumulation and how they are solved. Next, preventative measures are introduced that minimize the problem of ice jams. The last part discusses how boats navigate dangerous inland waterways during the winter.

  9. Thermal desorption of CH4 retained in CO2 ice

    E-print Network

    R. Luna; C. Millan; M. Domingo; M. A. Satorre

    2008-01-21

    CO2 ices are known to exist in different astrophysical environments. In spite of this, its physical properties (structure, density, refractive index) have not been as widely studied as those of water ice. It would be of great value to study the adsorption properties of this ice in conditions related to astrophysical environments. In this paper, we explore the possibility that CO2 traps relevant molecules in astrophysical environments at temperatures higher than expected from their characteristic sublimation point. To fulfil this aim we have carried out desorption experiments under High Vacuum conditions based on a Quartz Crystal Microbalance and additionally monitored with a Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer. From our results, the presence of CH4 in the solid phase above the sublimation temperature in some astrophysical scenarios could be explained by the presence of several retaining mechanisms related to the structure of CO2 ice.

  10. River Ice Processes - Short Version

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    2014-09-14

    This module provides information on flooding associated with river ice jams. Based on a presentation by Dr. Kate White, a nationally-recognized expert on river ice, this webcast explores basic river ice processes including the formation, growth, breakup, and transport of river ice and how it can become jammed, triggering floods. This shorter version of the previously published module "River Ice Processes", has less focus on the US National Weather Service, making it more broadly applicable, including to an international audience.

  11. A new ice nuclei counter SPIN: characterization and first results

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stratmann, F.; Abbatt, J.; Cziczo, D. J.; Gallagher, M. W.; Lachlan-Cope, T.; Garemilla, S.; Ignatius, K.; Kristensen, T. B.; Moreno, L. A.

    2013-12-01

    Ice nuclei (IN) play an important role in a number of processes related to cloud formation and cloud properties. Despite significant progress within ice nucleation research in the past decades - a lot of questions remain to be answered. In situ measurements with portable IN counters are an important way to gain knowledge in this field. Spectrometer for Ice Nuclei (SPIN, Droplet Measurement Technologies, Inc.) is a new commercially available portable IN counter. SPIN is a continuous flow diffusion chamber with parallel plate geometry following the design of the portable IN counter PINC (Chou et al., Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11:4725-4738, 2011). The aerosol sample flows through a chamber, where a supersaturation of water vapor with respect to ice is obtained by applying a temperature gradient between two ice covered plates. The aerosol sample is exposed to an evaporation section for evaporation of liquid droplets before detection of particles with an optical particle counter (OPC). Thus the formed ice crystals can be distinguished from other particles by size. With SPIN, it is possible to quantify ice nucleation in both, deposition nucleation and condensation/immersion freezing modes. In the laboratory, with SPIN, the involved groups studied various aerosol particle types, including ammonium sulfate, mineral dusts and biological particles. Results of these studies will be presented and discussed.

  12. Ice-structuring peptides derived from bovine collagen.

    PubMed

    Wang, ShaoYun; Damodaran, Srinivasan

    2009-06-24

    Antifreeze proteins belonging to structurally diverse families of genetically coded proteins from several living organisms have been isolated and characterized in the past. This paper reports that collagen peptides of a certain molecular size range derived from Alcalase hydrolysis of bovine gelatin are able to inhibit recrystallization of ice in frozen ice cream mix as well as in frozen sucrose solutions in a manner similar to natural antifreeze proteins. The optimum conditions for producing such ice-structuring peptides (ISP) were hydrolysis at pH 9.0 for 30 min at 45 degrees C and an Alcalase-to-gelatin ratio of 0.176 unit per gram of gelatin. The collagen peptides were fractionated on size exclusion (Sephadex G-50) and ion exchange (sulfopropyl-Sephadex C-25) columns, and the molecular mass distribution of the ice-structuring peptide fractions was determined by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry. The collagen peptide fractions in the molecular mass range of 600-2700 Da inhibited ice recrystallization in a supercooled ice cream mix and in concentrated sucrose solutions. The cationic collagen peptides within this fraction with molecular mass in the range of 1600-2400 Da were more effective than the anionic peptides in inhibiting ice crystal growth. PMID:19480387

  13. Hexagonal ice stability and growth in the presence of glyoxal and secondary organic aerosols.

    PubMed

    Daskalakis, Vangelis; Hadjicharalambous, Marios

    2014-09-01

    The presence of ice dominates the microphysics of formation of high altitude cirrus and polar stratospheric clouds, as well as the maturity of thunderstorms. We report on the hexagonal (1h) ice stability and growth in binary as well as multi-compound aerosols in atmospherically relevant conformations. The ubiquitous atmospheric trace gas glyoxal along with secondary organic aerosol (SOA) also in the presence of CO2 interacts with large ice 1h crystals of 1300-2000 water molecules. The crystals are subjected to phase transitions under superheating and supercooling conditions by Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations. Density Functional Theory (DFT) based geometry optimization and vibrational frequency analysis are also employed for a smaller ice 1h cell of 12 water molecules. The interaction of the latter with each organic molecule reveals the extent of the mechanical stress exerted on the ordered ice structure. Full hydration of glyoxal promotes ice 1h stability and growth in wet aerosols, while partial hydration or full oxidation exerts a destabilizing effect on the ice 1h lattice. This behavior is associated with the ability of each organic phase to match the order of the ice 1h crystal. We propose that aqueous chemistry in wet aerosols may also have a strong effect on the microphysics of cloud formation. PMID:25033409

  14. Frost flowers on young Arctic sea ice: The climatic, chemical, and microbial significance of an emerging ice type

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Barber, D. G.; Ehn, J. K.; Pu?ko, M.; Rysgaard, S.; Deming, J. W.; Bowman, J. S.; Papakyriakou, T.; Galley, R. J.; Søgaard, D. H.

    2014-10-01

    Ongoing changes in Arctic sea ice are increasing the spatial and temporal range of young sea ice types over which frost flowers can occur, yet the significance of frost flowers to ocean-sea ice-atmosphere exchange processes remains poorly understood. Frost flowers form when moisture from seawater becomes available to a cold atmosphere and surface winds are low, allowing for supersaturation of the near-surface boundary layer. Ice grown in a pond cut in young ice at the mouth of Young Sound, NE Greenland, in March 2012, showed that expanding frost flower clusters began forming as soon as the ice formed. The new ice and frost flowers dramatically changed the radiative and thermal environment. The frost flowers were about 5°C colder than the brine surface, with an approximately linear temperature gradient from their base to their upper tips. Salinity and ?18O values indicated that frost flowers primarily originated from the surface brine skim. Ikaite crystals were observed to form within an hour in both frost flowers and the thin pond ice. Average ikaite concentrations were 1013 µmol kg-1 in frost flowers and 1061 µmol kg-1 in the surface slush layer. Chamber flux measurements confirmed an efflux of CO2 at the brine-wetted sea ice surface, in line with expectations from the brine chemistry. Bacteria concentrations generally increased with salinity in frost flowers and the surface slush layer. Bacterial densities and taxa indicated that a selective process occurred at the ice surface and confirmed the general pattern of primary oceanic origin versus negligible atmospheric deposition.

  15. Crystal Creations.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Whipple, Nona; Whitmore, Sherry

    1989-01-01

    Presents a many-faceted learning approach to the study of crystals. Provides instructions for performing activities including crystal growth and patterns, creating miniature simulations of crystal-containing rock formations, charcoal and sponge gardens, and snowflakes. (RT)

  16. Surface crystallization of supercooled water in clouds

    PubMed Central

    Tabazadeh, A.; Djikaev, Y. S.; Reiss, H.

    2002-01-01

    The process by which liquid cloud droplets homogeneously crystallize into ice is still not well understood. The ice nucleation process based on the standard and classical theory of homogeneous freezing initiates within the interior volume of a cloud droplet. Current experimental data on homogeneous freezing rates of ice in droplets of supercooled water, both in air and emulsion oil samples, show considerable scatter. For example, at ?33°C, the reported volume-based freezing rates of ice in supercooled water vary by as many as 5 orders of magnitude, which is well outside the range of measurement uncertainties. Here, we show that the process of ice nucleus formation at the air (or oil)-liquid water interface may help to explain why experimental results on ice nucleation rates yield different results in different ambient phases. Our results also suggest that surface crystallization of ice in cloud droplets can explain why low amounts of supercooled water have been observed in the atmosphere near ?40°C. PMID:12456877

  17. Frazil deposition under growing sea ice

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. J. McGuinness; M. J. M. Williams; P. J. Langhorne; C. Purdie; J. Crook

    2009-01-01

    Platelet ice may be an important component of Antarctic landfast sea ice. Typically, it is found at depth in first-year landfast sea ice cover, near ice shelves. To explain why platelet ice is not commonly observed at shallower depths, we consider a new mechanism. Our hypothesis is that platelet ice eventually appears due to the sudden deposition of frazil ice

  18. Dynamics and spatiotemporal variability of ice streams

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Roiy Sayag

    2009-01-01

    Ice sheets evolve over a wide range of time scales. They grow by snowfall, spread gravitationally, and diminish through melting or iceberg calving at the ice-sheet margin. The evolution of ice-sheets can be substantially affected by the rate of ice transport from their interior to their margins, and ice streams are the dominant transport mechanism in present ice sheets. Ice

  19. Formation of mixed-phase particles during the freezing of polar stratospheric ice clouds.

    PubMed

    Bogdan, Anatoli; Molina, Mario J; Tenhu, Heikki; Mayer, Erwin; Loerting, Thomas

    2010-03-01

    Polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) are extremely efficient at catalysing the transformation of photostable chlorine reservoirs into photolabile species, which are actively involved in springtime ozone-depletion events. Why PSCs are such efficient catalysts, however, is not well understood. Here, we investigate the freezing behaviour of ternary HNO?-H?SO?-H?O droplets of micrometric size, which form type II PSC ice particles. We show that on freezing, a phase separation into pure ice and a residual solution coating occurs; this coating does not freeze but transforms into glass below ?150 K. We find that the coating, which is thicker around young ice crystals, can still be approximately 30 nm around older ice crystals of diameter about 10 µm. These results affect our understanding of PSC microphysics and chemistry and suggest that chlorine-activation reactions are better studied on supercooled HNO?-H?SO?-H?O solutions rather than on a pure ice surface. PMID:21124476

  20. Ices in planetary rings

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Smoluchowski, R.

    Understanding the structure and behavior of Saturnian rings in terms of properties of ices is basic for evolutionary planetology. The available information indicates the presence of quite pure, probably amorphous water ice in the form of medium-grained frost in a fairy castle structure with a low thermal inertia. Tidal forces and interparticle collisions lead to continuous break-up and re-formation of loose aggregates of smaller particles. Micrometeoroid bombardment and proton irradiation are important for explaining the mechanical and optical properties of the surfaces of ring particles. The transfer of angular momentum and mass among the rings should homogenize the chemical and structural characteristics of the ring ices. Uranian rings may be made of carbon-covered methane ice particles.

  1. ION COMPOSITION ELUCIDATION (ICE)

    EPA Science Inventory

    Ion Composition Elucidation (ICE) utilizes selected ion recording with a double focusing mass spectrometer to simultaneously determine exact masses and relative isotopic abundances from mass peak profiles. These can be determined more accurately and at higher sensitivity ...

  2. NOVA - Extreme Ice

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    WGBH Educational Foundation

    This one-hour program is divided into 6 parts which can be watched individually or as a set. The chapters document ice loss across the world due to climate change with focuses on Alaska, Greenland, and Antarctica.

  3. Ice Cream Stick Math.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Paddock, Cynthia

    1992-01-01

    Described is a teaching technique which uses the collection of ice cream sticks as a means of increasing awareness of quantity in a self-contained elementary special class for students with learning disabilities and mild mental retardation. (DB)

  4. Hydrographer on the Ice

    USGS Multimedia Gallery

    Scott Bendtson, a hydrologic technician with the Maine Office of the New England Water Science Center, is seen here making a discharge measurement through the ice on the St. John River at Ninemile Bridge, USGS station number 01010000....

  5. Ice Age Terminations

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Cheng, Hai; Edwards, R. Lawrence; Broecker, Wallace S.; Denton, George H.; Kong, Xinggong; Wang, Yongjin; Zhang, Rong; Wang, Xianfeng

    2009-10-01

    230Th-dated oxygen isotope records of stalagmites from Sanbao Cave, China, characterize Asian Monsoon (AM) precipitation through the ends of the third- and fourthmost recent ice ages. As a result, AM records for the past four glacial terminations can now be precisely correlated with those from ice cores and marine sediments, establishing the timing and sequence of major events. In all four cases, observations are consistent with a classic Northern Hemisphere summer insolation intensity trigger for an initial retreat of northern ice sheets. Meltwater and icebergs entering the North Atlantic alter oceanic and atmospheric circulation and associated fluxes of heat and carbon, causing increases in atmospheric CO2 and Antarctic temperatures that drive the termination in the Southern Hemisphere. Increasing CO2 and summer insolation drive recession of northern ice sheets, with probable positive feedbacks between sea level and CO2.

  6. Global ice sheet modeling

    SciTech Connect

    Hughes, T.J.; Fastook, J.L. [Univ. of Maine, Orono, ME (United States). Institute for Quaternary Studies

    1994-05-01

    The University of Maine conducted this study for Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) as part of a global climate modeling task for site characterization of the potential nuclear waste respository site at Yucca Mountain, NV. The purpose of the study was to develop a global ice sheet dynamics model that will forecast the three-dimensional configuration of global ice sheets for specific climate change scenarios. The objective of the third (final) year of the work was to produce ice sheet data for glaciation scenarios covering the next 100,000 years. This was accomplished using both the map-plane and flowband solutions of our time-dependent, finite-element gridpoint model. The theory and equations used to develop the ice sheet models are presented. Three future scenarios were simulated by the model and results are discussed.

  7. Sea Ice Index

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    Florence Fetterer

    This site presents average ice conditions estimated using satellite passive microwave data for the most recent month available, as well as snapshots of trends and anomalies that compare these recent conditions with the mean for the month.

  8. Record Sea Ice Minimum

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2007-01-01

    Arctic sea ice reached a record low in September 2007, below the previous record set in 2005 and substantially below the long-term average. This image shows the Arctic as observed by the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for EOS (AMSR-E) aboard NASA's Aqua satellite on September 16, 2007. In this image, blue indicates open water, white indicates high sea ice concentration, and turquoise indicates loosely packed sea ice. The black circle at the North Pole results from an absence of data as the satellite does not make observations that far north. Three contour lines appear on this image. The red line is the 2007 minimum, as of September 15, about the same time the record low was reached, and it almost exactly fits the sea ice observed by AMSR-E. The green line indicates the 2005 minimum, the previous record low. The yellow line indicates the median minimum from 1979 to 2000.

  9. Ice reconnaissance by satellite

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gloersen, P.; Strome, W. M.

    1976-01-01

    The paper describes the significant milestones in the use of satellites for snow and ice monitoring. The feasibility of such monitoring was demonstrated by the Tiros 2 satellite in 1961. Nimbus 1 showed that breaks in the sea ice can be easily monitored during continuous nighttime conditions; Nimbus 3 showed the practicality of delineating regions of active melting of ice and snow in temperate areas. Landsat data have been found to be particularly useful for monitoring and studying glaciers and their attendant surface features. Ice concentration can be determined with reasonable accuracy from a sequence of electronically scanned microwave radiomenter images made aboard Nimbus 5. In the future we can expect improved sensors and spacecraft systems with longer operating lives.

  10. Investigating ice nucleation in cirrus clouds with an aerosol-enabled Multiscale Modeling Framework

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    Zhang, Chengzhu; Wang, Minghuai; Morrison, Hugh; Somerville, Richard C. J.; Zhang, Kai; Liu, Xiaohong; Li, Jui-Lin F.

    2014-12-01

    In this study, an aerosol-dependent ice nucleation scheme has been implemented in an aerosol-enabled Multiscale Modeling Framework (PNNL MMF) to study ice formation in upper troposphere cirrus clouds through both homogeneous and heterogeneous nucleation. The MMF model represents cloud scale processes by embedding a cloud-resolving model (CRM) within each vertical column of a GCM grid. By explicitly linking ice nucleation to aerosol number concentration, CRM-scale temperature, relative humidity and vertical velocity, the new MMF model simulates the persistent high ice supersaturation and low ice number concentration (10-100/L) at cirrus temperatures. The new model simulates the observed shift of the ice supersaturation PDF toward higher values at low temperatures following the homogeneous nucleation threshold. The MMF model predicts a higher frequency of midlatitude supersaturation in the Southern Hemisphere and winter hemisphere, which is consistent with previous satellite and in situ observations. It is shown that compared to a conventional GCM, the MMF is a more powerful model to simulate parameters that evolve over short time scales such as supersaturation. Sensitivity tests suggest that the simulated global distribution of ice clouds is sensitive to the ice nucleation scheme and the distribution of sulfate and dust aerosols. Simulations are also performed to test empirical parameters related to auto-conversion of ice crystals to snow. Results show that with a value of 250 ?m for the critical diameter, Dcs, that distinguishes ice crystals from snow, the model can produce good agreement with the satellite-retrieved products in terms of cloud ice water path and ice water content, while the total ice water is not sensitive to the specification of Dcs value.

  11. Ice On Venus

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    This resource is part of the Science Education Gateway (SEGway) project, funded by NASA, which is a national consortium of scientists, museums, and educators working together to bring the latest science to students, teachers, and the general public. Is there ice on Venus? If so, what kind of ice is it? In this activity, students find the answers to these questions by using internet resources. The teacher's page contains teaching strategies, vocabulary, homework ideas, and assessment possibilities.

  12. Ices in planetary rings

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Smoluchowski

    1985-01-01

    Understanding the structure and behavior of Saturnian rings in terms of properties of ices is basic for evolutionary planetology. The available information indicates the presence of quite pure, probably amorphous water ice in the form of medium-grained frost in a fairy castle structure with a low thermal inertia. Tidal forces and interparticle collisions lead to continuous break-up and re-formation of

  13. Ice in Space

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    2012-08-03

    This is a detailed lesson about space and how Earth fits in it. Learners will consider the essential question, "What is space?" Activities include small group miming, speaking, drawing, and/or writing about space and the evidence for ice in space. Included are detailed games and dialogue. Native stories are shared. This is lesson 9 of 12 in the unit, Exploring Ice in the Solar System.

  14. ICE Biological Inventories Databases

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    The Information Center for the Environment (ICE) is a cooperative effort between scientists at University of California -- Davis and collaborators from over thirty organizations involved in environmental protection." The ICE Biological Inventory Databases contain "documented, taxonomically standardized species inventories of plants and animals reported from the world's protected areas." New to the Scout Report, these online databases have been updated recently to include botanical inventories from protected areas in Costa Rica and South Africa.

  15. All About Sea Ice

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    This comprehensive site is an introduction to sea ice: what it is, how it forms, how it is studied, how it affected historical expedition in the polar regions, and what role it plays in the global climate. The site contains a glossary of sea ice terms and references to additional information, which all serve as an excellent introduction. Data are also available from various collection methods for student interpretation.

  16. An Ice Lens

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Vicki Cobb

    2008-01-01

    In this optics activity, learners discover basic lens-making techniques by using a tennis ball to make a lens out of ice. After the ice freezes, learners will use the lens to magnify images in a magazine and project a TV image onto a piece of paper. This activity guide explains how opticians make lenses and includes a link to background information about lenses and geometrical optics.

  17. Single Particle Laser Mass Spectrometry Applied to Differential Ice Nucleation Experiments at the AIDA Chamber

    SciTech Connect

    Gallavardin, S. J.; Froyd, Karl D.; Lohmann, U.; Moehler, Ottmar; Murphy, Daniel M.; Cziczo, Dan

    2008-08-26

    Experiments conducted at the Aerosol Interactions and Dynamics in the Atmosphere (AIDA) chamber located in Karlsruhe, Germany permit investigation of particle properties that affect the nucleation of ice at temperature and water vapor conditions relevant to cloud microphysics and climate issues. Ice clouds were generated by heterogeneous nucleation of Arizona test dust (ATD), illite, and hematite and homogeneous nucleation of sulfuric acid. Ice crystals formed in the chamber were inertially separated from unactivated, or ‘interstitial’ aerosol particles with a pumped counterflow virtual impactor (PCVI), then evaporated. The ice residue (i.e., the aerosol which initiated ice nucleation plus any material which was scavenged from the gas- and/or particle-phase), was chemically characterized at the single particle level using a laser ionization mass spectrometer. In this manner the species that first nucleated ice could be identified out of a mixed aerosol population in the chamber. Bare mineral dust particles were more effective ice nuclei (IN) than similar particles with a coating. Metallic particles from contamination in the chamber initiated ice nucleation before other species but there were few enough that they did not compromise the experiments. Nitrate, sulfate, and organics were often detected on particles and ice residue, evidently from scavenging of trace gas-phase species in the chamber. Hematite was a more effective ice nucleus than illite. Ice residue was frequently larger than unactivated test aerosol due to the formation of aggregates due to scavenging, condensation of contaminant gases, and the predominance of larger aerosol in nucleation.

  18. Effect of okra cell wall and polysaccharide on physical properties and stability of ice cream.

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    Yuennan, Pilapa; Sajjaanantakul, Tanaboon; Goff, H Douglas

    2014-08-01

    Stabilizers are used in ice cream to increase mix viscosity, promote smooth texture, and improve frozen stability. In this study, the effects of varying concentrations (0.00%, 0.15%, 0.30%, and 0.45%) of okra cell wall (OKW) and its corresponding water-soluble polysaccharide (OKP) on the physical characteristics of ice cream were determined. Ice cream mix viscosity was measured as well as overrun, meltdown, and consumer acceptability. Ice recrystallization was determined after ice cream was subjected to temperature cycling in the range of -10 to -20 °C for 10 cycles. Mix viscosity increased significantly as the concentrations of OKW and OKP increased. The addition of either OKW or OKP at 0.15% to 0.45% significantly improved the melting resistance of ice cream. OKW and OKP at 0.15% did not affect sensory perception score for flavor, texture, and overall liking of the ice cream. OKW and OKP (0.15%) reduced ice crystal growth to 107% and 87%, respectively, as compared to 132% for the control (0.00%). Thus, our results suggested the potential use of OKW and OKP at 0.15% as a stabilizer to control ice cream quality and retard ice recrystallization. OKP, however, at 0.15% exhibited greater effect on viscosity increase and on ice recrystallization inhibition than OKW. PMID:25040189

  19. Ice composition evidence of marine ice transfer along the bottom of a small Antarctic Ice Shelf

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    Souchez, R.; Meneghel, M.; Tison, J.-L.; Lorrain, R.; Ronveaux, D.; Baroni, C.; Lozej, A.; Tabacco, I.; Jouzel, J.

    1991-05-01

    The existence of marine ice transfer along the underside of the Hell's Gate Ice Shelf ( Victoria Land), is indicated by an isotopic and chemical study of ice cores. Because of top surface ablation, the marine ice formed at the ice shelf-ocean interface, ultimately appears at shelf surface. A succession of congelation, platelet and frazil ice is shown to occur. The combined study of stable isotope composition and of the sodium content of these different ice types proves to be a valuable tool for specifying the ice shelf-ocean interactions in this area. Two different freezing zones separated by a melting rone exist; the parent water for the frazil ice is meltwater from congelation ice which appears in the upstream zone.

  20. Ice sheets. Volume loss from Antarctic ice shelves is accelerating.

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    Paolo, Fernando S; Fricker, Helen A; Padman, Laurie

    2015-04-17

    The floating ice shelves surrounding the Antarctic Ice Sheet restrain the grounded ice-sheet flow. Thinning of an ice shelf reduces this effect, leading to an increase in ice discharge to the ocean. Using 18 years of continuous satellite radar altimeter observations, we have computed decadal-scale changes in ice-shelf thickness around the Antarctic continent. Overall, average ice-shelf volume change accelerated from negligible loss at 25 ± 64 cubic kilometers per year for 1994-2003 to rapid loss of 310 ± 74 cubic kilometers per year for 2003-2012. West Antarctic losses increased by ~70% in the past decade, and earlier volume gain by East Antarctic ice shelves ceased. In the Amundsen and Bellingshausen regions, some ice shelves have lost up to 18% of their thickness in less than two decades. PMID:25814064

  1. Increasing the protein content of ice cream.

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    Patel, M R; Baer, R J; Acharya, M R

    2006-05-01

    Vanilla ice cream was made with a mix composition of 10.5% milk fat, 10.5% milk SNF, 12% beet sugar, and 4% corn syrup solids. None of the batches made contained stabilizer or emulsifier. The control (treatment 1) contained 3.78% protein. Treatments 2 and 5 contained 30% more protein, treatments 3 and 6 contained 60% more protein, and treatments 4 and 7 contained 90% more protein compared with treatment 1 by addition of whey protein concentrate or milk protein concentrate powders, respectively. In all treatments, levels of milk fat, milk SNF, beet sugar, and corn syrup solids were kept constant at 37% total solids. Mix protein content for treatment 1 was 3.78%, treatment 2 was 4.90%, treatment 5 was 4.91%, treatments 3 and 6 were 6.05%, and treatments 4 and 7 were 7.18%. This represented a 29.89, 60.05, 89.95, 29.63, 60.05, and 89.95% increase in protein for treatment 2 through treatment 7 compared with treatment 1, respectively. Milk protein level influenced ice crystal size; with increased protein, the ice crystal size was favorably reduced in treatments 2, 4, and 5 and was similar in treatments 3, 6, and 7 compared with treatment 1. At 1 wk postmanufacture, overall texture acceptance for all treatments was more desirable compared with treatment 1. When evaluating all parameters, treatment 2 with added whey protein concentrate and treatments 5 and 6 with added milk protein concentrate were similar or improved compared with treatment 1. It is possible to produce acceptable ice cream with higher levels of protein. PMID:16606711

  2. Ice formation and development in aged, wintertime cumulus over the UK: observations and modelling

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    Crawford, I.; Bower, K. N.; Choularton, T. W.; Dearden, C.; Crosier, J.; Westbrook, C.; Capes, G.; Coe, H.; Connolly, P. J.; Dorsey, J. R.; Gallagher, M. W.; Williams, P.; Trembath, J.; Cui, Z.; Blyth, A.

    2012-06-01

    In situ high resolution aircraft measurements of cloud microphysical properties were made in coordination with ground based remote sensing observations of a line of small cumulus clouds, using Radar and Lidar, as part of the Aerosol Properties, PRocesses And InfluenceS on the Earth's climate (APPRAISE) project. A narrow but extensive line (~100 km long) of shallow convective clouds over the southern UK was studied. Cloud top temperatures were observed to be higher than -8 °C, but the clouds were seen to consist of supercooled droplets and varying concentrations of ice particles. No ice particles were observed to be falling into the cloud tops from above. Current parameterisations of ice nuclei (IN) numbers predict too few particles will be active as ice nuclei to account for ice particle concentrations at the observed, near cloud top, temperatures (-7.5 °C). The role of mineral dust particles, consistent with concentrations observed near the surface, acting as high temperature IN is considered important in this case. It was found that very high concentrations of ice particles (up to 100 L-1) could be produced by secondary ice particle production providing the observed small amount of primary ice (about 0.01 L-1) was present to initiate it. This emphasises the need to understand primary ice formation in slightly supercooled clouds. It is shown using simple calculations that the Hallett-Mossop process (HM) is the likely source of the secondary ice. Model simulations of the case study were performed with the Aerosol Cloud and Precipitation Interactions Model (ACPIM). These parcel model investigations confirmed the HM process to be a very important mechanism for producing the observed high ice concentrations. A key step in generating the high concentrations was the process of collision and coalescence of rain drops, which once formed fell rapidly through the cloud, collecting ice particles which caused them to freeze and form instant large riming particles. The broadening of the droplet size-distribution by collision-coalescence was, therefore, a vital step in this process as this was required to generate the large number of ice crystals observed in the time available. Simulations were also performed with the WRF (Weather, Research and Forecasting) model. The results showed that while HM does act to increase the mass and number concentration of ice particles in these model simulations it was not found to be critical for the formation of precipitation. However, the WRF simulations produced a cloud top that was too cold and this, combined with the assumption of continual replenishing of ice nuclei removed by ice crystal formation, resulted in too many ice crystals forming by primary nucleation compared to the observations and parcel modelling.

  3. Enhanced Sea Ice Concentration and Ice Temperature Algorithms for AMSR

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    Comiso, Josefino C.; Manning, Will; Gersten, Robert

    1998-01-01

    Accurate quantification of sea ice concentration and ice temperature from satellite passive microwave data is important because they provide the only long term, spatially detailed and consistent data set needed to study the climatology of the polar regions. Sea ice concentration data are used to derive large-scale daily ice extents that are utilized in trend analysis of the global sea ice cover. They are also used to quantify the amount of open water and thin ice in polynya and divergence regions which together with ice temperatures are in turn needed to estimate vertical heat and salinity fluxes in these regions. Sea ice concentrations have been derived from the NASA Team and Bootstrap algorithms while a separate technique for deriving ice temperature has been reported. An integrated technique that will utilizes most of the channels of AMSR (Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer) has been developed. The technique uses data from the 6 GHz and 37 GHz channels at vertical polarization obtain an initial estimate of sea ice concentration and ice temperature. The derived ice temperature is then utilized to estimate the emissivities for the corresponding observations at all the other channels. A procedure for calculating the ice concentration similar to the Bootstrap technique is then used but with variables being emissivities instead of brightness temperatures to minimizes errors associated with spatial changes in ice temperatures within the ice pack. Comparative studies of ice concentration results with those from other algorithms, including the original Bootstrap algorithm and those from high resolution satellite visible and infrared data will be presented. Also, results from a simulation study that demonstrates the effectiveness of the technique in correcting for spatial variations in ice temperatures will be shown. The ice temperature results are likewise compared with satellite infrared and buoy data with the latter adjusted to account for the effects of the snow cover.

  4. The role of phase transformations as a softening mechanism in saline ice

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    McKittrick, Ladean Robert

    To gain insight into the behavior of saline ice relative to non-saline ice, single crystals of saline and non-saline ice were loaded in compression. Responses from these experiments indicate that single crystals of saline ice are significantly more compliant during the initial load response. Analyses presented in this dissertation indicate that phase transformations in brine cells have the potential to play a significant role in increasing the compliance of saline ice during the initial load response. Cooling of a sealed brine cell, leading to the precipitation of ice, provides a mechanism for the accumulation of "large" localized stresses. Based on mathematical models, this mechanism has the potential to be a significant source for the nucleation or multiplication of dislocations, and can conceivably make a significant contribution to the greater compliance (softness) of saline ice relative to non-saline ice. These results are consistent with the observation that laboratory grown saline crystals sometimes display extensive differences in mechanical behavior that appears to be due to variations in the growth and storage conditions experienced by the crystals. The brine cell model presented in this dissertation indicates that there is a transition in deformation modes for brine cell cooling rates on the order of 0.1 sp°C hrsp{-l}. At lower rates, local deformation is dislocation dominated; at higher rates, it is fracture dominated. Whether the pressure build-up in a cooling brine cell is relieved by inelastic deformation or cracking, the change in the internal structure is likely to play a role in the macroscopic behavior of saline ice. In particular, with the proper temperature history, the phase transformation mechanism can significantly increase the density of dislocations, and can therefore make a significant contribution to the macroscopic compliance of saline ice.

  5. Surface Albedo of the Antarctic Sea Ice Zone RICHARD E. BRANDT AND STEPHEN G. WARREN

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    Warren, Stephen

    surface temperature drops to 1.9°C, small plate-like crystals called frazil begin to form. A thick slurry an oil slick; this is called grease ice. In calm water the slurry solidifies into a sheet of randomly ori- ented crystals a few centimeters thick, called nilas, with a high concentration of bubbles and brine

  6. Arctic Summer Ice Processes

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    Holt, Benjamin

    1999-01-01

    The primary objective of this study is to estimate the flux of heat and freshwater resulting from sea ice melt in the polar seas. The approach taken is to examine the decay of sea ice in the summer months primarily through the use of spaceborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery. The improved understanding of the dynamics of the melt process can be usefully combined with ice thermodynamic and upper ocean models to form more complete models of ice melt. Models indicate that more heat is absorbed in the upper ocean when the ice cover is composed of smaller rather than larger floes and when there is more open water. Over the course of the summer, floes disintegrate by physical forcing and heating, melting into smaller and smaller sizes. By measuring the change in distribution of floes together with open water over a summer period, we can make estimates of the amount of heating by region and time. In a climatic sense, these studies are intended to improve the understanding of the Arctic heat budget which can then be eventually incorporated into improved global climate models. This work has two focus areas. The first is examining the detailed effect of storms on floe size and open water. A strong Arctic low pressure storm has been shown to loosen up the pack ice, increase the open water concentration well into the pack ice, and change the distribution of floes toward fewer and smaller floes. This suggests episodic melting and the increased importance of horizontal (lateral) melt during storms. The second focus area is related to an extensive ship-based experiment that recently took place in the Arctic called Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic (SHEBA). An icebreaker was placed purposely into the older pack ice north of Alaska in September 1997. The ship served as the base for experimenters who deployed extensive instrumentation to measure the atmosphere, ocean, and ice during a one-year period. My experiment will be to derive similar measurements (floe size, open water, temporal change) using spaceborne SAR data obtained during the summer of 1998, and compare these results with an ocean and ice model of summer melt. Additional information is contained in the original.

  7. Effects of crushed ice and wetted ice on hamstring flexibility.

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    Larsen, Chelsea C; Troiano, Jean M; Ramirez, Rebecca J; Miller, Michael G; Holcomb, William R

    2015-02-01

    Flexibility, which is the ability to move freely through a full range of motion (ROM), is desired to enhance the performance and decrease the likelihood of muscle injury. There are different techniques used to increase ROM and cryotherapy techniques to facilitation flexibility gains. However, the combination of stretching and type of cryotherapy agents are still confounding. The purpose was to determine which type of cryotherapy, crushed or wetted ice, would produce the greatest gains in hamstring ROM when followed by proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching. Fifteen healthy subjects underwent 3 treatment conditions: crushed ice bag (crushed ice), wetted ice bag (wetted ice), and no ice bag (no ice). Subject's hamstring ROM was measured at baseline, then again after a 20-minute cryotherapy treatment session. Subjects were then stretched using a slow-reversal-hold-relax PNF technique followed by a final ROM measurement. A repeated measures analysis of variance showed significant differences between cryotherapy and measurement conditions. Post hoc testing indicated that no ice (75.49 ± 12.19° C) was significantly different from wetted ice (81.73 ± 10.34° C) and crushed ice (81.62 ± 13.19° C) at the end of the treatment session, and that no ice (85.27 ± 13.83° C) was significantly different than wetted ice (89.44 ± 11.31° C) and crushed ice (89.16 ± 13.78° C) after the stretching session. However, there were no differences between wetted ice and crushed ice. Results indicate that strength and conditioning specialists can increase ROM with both forms of ice in combination with PNF stretching more so than when using no ice at all. PMID:24378663

  8. Quantification of Ice Accretions for Icing Scaling Evaluations

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    Ruff, Gary A.; Anderson, David N.

    2003-01-01

    The comparison of ice accretion characteristics is an integral part of aircraft icing research. It is often necessary to compare an ice accretion obtained from a flight test or numerical simulation to one produced in an icing wind tunnel or for validation of an icing scaling method. Traditionally, this has been accomplished by overlaying two-dimensional tracings of ice accretion shapes. This paper addresses the basic question of how to compare ice accretions using more quantitative methods. For simplicity, geometric characteristics of the ice accretions are used for the comparison. One method evaluated is a direct comparison of the percent differences of the geometric measurements. The second method inputs these measurements into a fuzzy inference system to obtain a single measure of the goodness of the comparison. The procedures are demonstrated by comparing ice shapes obtained in the Icing Research Tunnel at NASA Glenn Research Center during recent icing scaling tests. The results demonstrate that this type of analysis is useful in quantifying the similarity of ice accretion shapes and that the procedures should be further developed by expanding the analysis to additional icing data sets.

  9. Insights into the nature of radar attenuation through impure ice from broadband dielectric spectroscopy of polar ice cores

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    Stillman, D.; MacGregor, J. A.; Grimm, R. E.

    2011-12-01

    Water ice is ubiquitous in our solar system and is a key target for planetary radar sounders. A primary unknown in many radar surveys is the energy loss due to conduction (attenuation) within the medium being studied. Electrical conduction through ice is controlled by the mobility, concentration and charge of lattice- and water-soluble impurities. Despite extensive study of the physical and chemical characteristics of lab-frozen and naturally forming ices, several questions have remained as to which impurities can increase conduction and the mechanisms by which this conduction occurs. Here we investigate the role of impurities in electrical conduction using broadband dielectric spectroscopy of terrestrial polar ice cores and report several findings of interest to present and future radar investigations of extraterrestrial ice masses. 1. The dielectric strength of meteoric ice-core samples we studied was often much less than that of pure lab-frozen ice, which suggests that the balance of minority and majority charge carriers in naturally forming ice is much closer to being "crossed-over" than previously realized. 2. Samples with high acid concentrations also have high HF conductivities due to an increase in L-defects caused by chloride, i.e., the ionic defects induced by acid in the lattice partition more chloride into the lattice for charge balance. This behavior explains the larger HF conductivity of acids per unit concentration versus that of chloride and their similar activation energies. 3. The DC conductivity of polar ice is much lower than reported previously from in situ Antarctic field surveys, and is best explained if conduction from acids arises from ionic defects in the ice lattice, rather than through liquid networks. Its conductivity is much less than that of single crystal ice because of the low conductivity of grain boundaries through which charges must migrate. 4. In nearly all the meteoric ice-core samples that we studied, we observed two dielectric relaxations. Their temperature dependencies imply that within most meteoric ices, there are essentially two populations of crystals (pure and salty). Previously, it had been suggested that there was only a single dielectric relaxation at an average "salty" value. 5. Ammonium-rich ice-core and lab-frozen samples have different activation energies than chloride-rich samples and increased conductivities, proving that Bjerrum-D defects formed by ammonium in the ice lattice are indeed mobile. This result supports the conclusions of a previous study of the LF properties of a central Greenland ice core, but is at odds with existing theory. The sum of our results further emphasizes the breadth of the dielectric behavior of polar ice and has greatly expanded our knowledge of the complex role of impurities in determining its dielectric properties. These data will be used to improve radar-attenuation models and predictions of the performance of planetary radars when sounding extraterrestrial ice masses, along with the interpretation of observed echoes.

  10. Deciphering the morphology of ice films on metal surfaces

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    Thürmer, Konrad

    2011-03-01

    Although extensive research has been aimed at the structure of ice films [1], questions regarding basic processes that govern film evolution remain. Recently we discovered how ice films as many as 30 molecular layers thick can be imaged with STM [2]. The observed morphology yields new insights about water-solid interactions and how they affect the structure of ice films. This talk gives an overview of this progress for crystalline ice films on Pt(111) [2-5]. STM reveals a first molecular water layer very different from bulk ice: besides the usual hexagons it also contains pentagons and heptagons [3]. Slightly thicker films (˜1nm, at T>120K) are comprised of ˜3nm-high crystallites, surrounded by the one-molecule-thick wetting layer. These crystals dewet by nucleating layers on their top facets [4]. Measurements of the nucleation rate as a function of crystal height provide estimates of the energy of the ice-Pt interface. For T>115K surface diffusion is fast enough that surface smoothing and 2D-island ripening is observable [5]. By quantifying the T-dependent ripening of island arrays we determined the activation energy for surface self-diffusion. The shape of these 2D islands varies strongly with film thickness. We attribute this to a transition from polarized ice at the substrate towards proton disorder at larger film thicknesses. Despite fast surface diffusion ice multilayers are often far from equilibrium. For example, ice grows between ˜120 and ˜160 K in its cubic variant rather than in its equilibrium hexagonal form. We found this to be a consequence of the mismatch in the atomic Pt-step height and the ice-bilayer separation and propose a mechanism of cubic-ice formation via growth spirals around screw dislocations [2]. [4pt] [1] A. Hodgson and S. Haq, Surf. Sci. Rep. 64, 381 (2009). [0pt] [2] K. Th"urmer and N. C. Bartelt, Phys. Rev. B 77, 195425 (2008). [0pt] [3] S. Nie,