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A laboratory investigation into the aggregation efficiency of small ice crystals

Connolly P, Emersic C, Field P ...see all

Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, vol. 12, issue 4 (2012) pp. 2055-2076

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Abstract

The aggregation of ice crystals and its temperature dependence is studied in the laboratory using a large ice cloud chamber. This process is important to the evolution of ice clouds in earth's atmosphere, yet there have been relatively few laboratory studies quantifying this parameter and its dependence on temperature. A detailed microphysical model is used to interpret the results from the experiments and derive best estimates for the aggregation efficiency as well as error bars. Our best estimates for the aggregation efficiency, at temperatures other than -15 degrees C, (in the interval -30

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