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Volume 16, issue 11
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 7239–7249, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-7239-2016
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 7239–7249, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-7239-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 10 Jun 2016

Research article | 10 Jun 2016

Exploring an approximation for the homogeneous freezing temperature of water droplets

Kuan-Ting O and Robert Wood

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In this work, based on the well-known formulae of classical nucleation theory (CNT), the temperature at which the mean number of critical embryos inside a droplet is unity is derived from the Boltzmann distribution function and explored as a new simplified approximation for homogeneous freezing temperature. It thus appears that the simplicity of this approximation makes it potentially useful for predicting homogeneous freezing temperatures of water droplets in the atmosphere.
In this work, based on the well-known formulae of classical nucleation theory (CNT), the...
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