Laboratory Ice Nucleation Chamber

Laboratory Ice Nucleation Chamber (LINC) is designed to study the ice nucleation properties of insoluble aerosols in supercooled aqueous solution droplets.

The LINC includes

  1. MSP-1 Stereoscopic Microscope and PRAKTICA LM 10-XS Digital Camera
  2. FROSTOR 200C Freezer (R134a)
  3. Peltier Element
  4. VELLEMAN PS3005D Power Supply (0-40 V)
  5. Digital Webcam (20x-200x)
  6. Digital Vision System
  7. Experimental Results Processing System

Laboratory Experiments

Area of aerosol surface (SS) is measured with a digital microscope MSP-1 and the cooling rate (dT/dt) is controlled by the control system. The fraction of the frozen droplets (P) is determined by a computer vision system.

Fig.: Temperture dependence for Kaolin (a) and Quartz (b) aerosols

Publication List

  1. Chukin, V.V., Pavlenko, E.A., Platonova, A.S. (2010) Homogeneous ice nucleation rate in supercooled droplets of aqueous solutions, Russian Meteorology and Hydrology, 35, 524. doi:10.3103/S1068373910080030
  2. Chukin, V.V., Platonova, A.S. (2012) Model of Crystallization of Supercooled Droplets of Aqueous Solutions, Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Cloud and Precipitation (ICCP-2012), Leipzig, Germany, 30 July - 03 August 2012.
  3. Nikulin, V.N., Sadykova, A.F., Chukin, V.V. (2014) Experimental Verification of the Ice Nucleation Theory by Chukin‑Platonova, Workshop: Metastability and nucleation in water: theory, experiments, and applications (WATER-2014), Les Houches, France, 01-06 June 2014.
  4. Chukin, V.V., Melnikova, I.N., Nguyen, T.T., Nikulin, V.N., Sadykova, A.F., Chukina, A.M. (2015) Diagnosis of ice nuclei in the clouds by SEVIRI data, Sovremennye Problemy Distantsionnogo Zondirovaniya Zemli iz Kosmosa, 12, 133-142.