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Observations of an Edge-enhancing Instability in Snow Crystal Growth near -15 C

  title={Observations of an Edge-enhancing Instability in Snow Crystal Growth near -15 C},
  author={K. Libbrecht},
  journal={arXiv: Materials Science},
  • K. Libbrecht
  • Published 2011
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Materials Science
  • We present observations of the formation of plate-like snow crystals that provide evidence for an edge-enhancing crystal growth instability. This instability arises when the condensation coefficient describing the growth of an ice prism facet increases as the width of the facet becomes narrower. Coupled with the effects of particle diffusion, this phenomenon causes thin plate-like crystals to develop from thicker prisms, sharpening the edges of the plates to micron or sub-micron dimensions as… CONTINUE READING

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