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The vapor pressure over nano-crystalline ice

Nachbar, Mario 1; Duft, Denis ORCID iD icon 1; Leisner, Thomas ORCID iD icon 1
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


The crystallization of amorphous solid water (ASW) is known to form nano-crystalline ice. The influence of the nanoscale crystallite size on physical properties like the vapor pressure is relevant for processes in which the crystallization of amorphous ices occurs, e.g., in interstellar ices or cold ice cloud formation in planetary atmospheres, but up to now is not well understood. Here, we present laboratory measurements on the saturation vapor pressure over ice crystallized from ASW between 135 and 190 K. Below 160 K, where the crystallization of ASW is known to form nano-crystalline ice, we obtain a saturation vapor pressure that is 100 to 200 % higher compared to stable hexagonal ice. This elevated vapor pressure is in striking contrast to the vapor pressure of stacking disordered ice which is expected to be the prevailing ice polymorph at these temperatures with a vapor pressure at most 18 % higher than that of hexagonal ice. This apparent discrepancy can be reconciled by assuming that nanoscale crystallites form in the crystallization process of ASW. The high curvature of the nano-crystallites results in a vapor pressure increase that can be described by the Kelvin equation. ... mehr

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000082986
Veröffentlicht am 22.05.2018
DOI: 10.5194/acp-18-3419-2018
Zitationen: 17
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Zitationen: 17
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Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Aerosolforschung (IMK-AAF)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2018
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1680-7324
KITopen-ID: 1000082986
HGF-Programm 12.04.02 (POF III, LK 01) Cirrus Clouds
Erschienen in Atmospheric chemistry and physics
Verlag European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Band 18
Heft 5
Seiten 3419–3431
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