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Premelting-Induced Smoothening of the Ice-Vapor Interface

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Benet, Jorge and Lombart, Pablo and Sanz, Eduardo and MacDowell, Luis G. (2016) Premelting-Induced Smoothening of the Ice-Vapor Interface. Physical Review Letters, 117 . ISSN 0031-9007

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Official URL: http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.096101



Abstract

We perform computer simulations of the quasi-liquid layer of ice formed at the ice/vapor interface close to the ice Ih/liquid/vapor triple point of water. Our study shows that the two distinct surfaces bounding the film behave at small wave-lengths as atomically rough and independent ice/water and water/vapor interfaces. For long wave-lengths, however, the two surfaces couple, large scale parallel fluctuations are inhibited and the ice/vapor interface becomes smooth. Our results could help explaining the complex morphology of ice crystallites.


Item Type:Article
Subjects:Sciences > Chemistry > Chemistry, Physical and theoretical
ID Code:39128
Deposited On:27 Sep 2016 09:44
Last Modified:28 Sep 2016 07:44

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