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Mechanism for the efficient homogeneous nucleation of ice in a weakly-ionized, ultra-cold plasma

@inproceedings{Bellan2022MechanismFT,
  title={Mechanism for the efficient homogeneous nucleation of ice in a weakly-ionized, ultra-cold plasma},
  author={Paul M. Bellan},
  year={2022}
}
It is proposed that the rapid observed homogeneous nucleation of ice dust in a cold, weakly-ionized plasma depends on the formation of negative hydroxyl ions by fast electrons impacting water molecules. These OH − ions attract neutral water molecules because of the high dipole moment of the water molecules and so hydrates of the form (OH) − (H 2 O) n are formed. The hydrates continuously grow in the cold environment to become macroscopic ice grains. These ice grains are negatively charged as a… 

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