Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1219–1231, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-1219-2019
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1219–1231, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-1219-2019

Research article 26 Feb 2019

Research article | 26 Feb 2019

Revisiting the differential freezing nucleus spectra derived from drop-freezing experiments: methods of calculation, applications, and confidence limits

Gabor Vali

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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (06 Feb 2019) by Wiebke Frey
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The abundance of freezing nuclei in water samples is routinely determined by experiments involving the cooling of sample drops and observing the temperatures at which the drops freeze. This is used for characterizing the nucleating abilities of materials in laboratory preparations or to determine the numbers of nucleating particles in rain, snow, river water or other natural waters. The evaluation of drop-freezing experiments in terms of differential nucleus spectra is advocated in the paper.