pure and applied geophysics

, Volume 104, Issue 1, pp 623–634 | Cite as

Electrofreezing of supercooled water

  • H. R. Pruppacher


The results of a wind tunnel and could chamber investigation on the effect of intense electric fields on ice-nucleation in supercooled water are presented. It is found that electrostatically charged surfaces and externally applied electric fields significantly enhance ice-nucleation. This finding is supported by a review of recent work reported in literature. Several mechanisms are considered which can be made responsible for electrofreezing. A discussion of the electrofreezing effect suggests that it is the electrical relief of the surface of a solid substrate rather than the crystallochemical relief which is the determining factor in heterogeneous ice nucleus formation.


Recent Work Wind Tunnel Determine Factor Solid Substrate Nucleus Formation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. R. Pruppacher
    • 1
  1. 1.Cloud Physics Laboratory, Department of MeteorologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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