Premelting-Induced Smoothening of the Ice-Vapor Interface



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Benet, Jorge and Llombart, Pablo and Sanz, Eduardo and MacDowell, Luis G. (2016) Premelting-Induced Smoothening of the Ice-Vapor Interface. Physical Review Letters, 117 (9). 096101-1-096101-5. ISSN 1079-7114

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We perform computer simulations of the quasiliquid 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 wavelengths as atomically rough and independent ice-water and water-vapor interfaces. For long wavelengths, however, the two surfaces couple, large scale parallel fluctuations are inhibited, and the ice-vapor interface becomes smooth. Our results could help explain the complex morphology of ice crystallites.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Atmospheric physics
Sciences > Physics > Chemistry, Physical and theoretical
Sciences > Physics > Surfaces (Physics)
Sciences > Chemistry
ID Code:38929
Deposited On:04 Oct 2016 09:51
Last Modified:04 Oct 2016 09:51

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