Advances in Atmospheric Sciences

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 45–53 | Cite as

A quantitative study on the growth law of ice crystals

  • Wang Angsheng 
  • N. Fukuta


On the basis of analysis and study of the growth of ice crystals, the inadequacy and thus a necessity for improvement of the Kobayashi-Pruppacher model are discussed. Be experimenting with a new wedgeshaped chamber of ice thermal diffusion which provides a stable environment and a wide range of control, a great amount of quantitative data from three-dimensional size measurements have been obtained. A quantitative research method is established, yielding, for the first time, satisfactory quantitative results in the region of low ice supersaturation. These results show that the Kobayashi-Pruppacher inference is inadequate, and reveal new characteristics of ice-crystal growth in the Wulff growth region, the region of abrupt change of crystal froms and that of low ice supersaturation.


Supersaturation Water Saturation Thin Plate Atmospheric Science Copper Plate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wang Angsheng 
    • 1
  • N. Fukuta
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Atmospheric PhysicsAcademia SinicaBeijing
  2. 2.Department of meteorologyUniversity of UtahU. S. A.

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