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AMT | Articles | Volume 13, issue 5
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 2785–2795, 2020
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 2785–2795, 2020
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the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 28 May 2020

Research article | 28 May 2020

A pyroelectric thermal sensor for automated ice nucleation detection

Fred Cook et al.

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We present a cheap, adaptable, and easily assembled thermal sensor for detecting microlitre droplets of water freezing. The sensor was developed to increase the level of automation in droplet array ice nucleation experiments, reducing the total amount of time required for each experiment. As a proof of concept, we compare the ice-nucleating efficiency of a crystalline and glassy sample of K-feldpsar. The glassy sample was found to be a less efficient ice nucleator at higher temperatures.
We present a cheap, adaptable, and easily assembled thermal sensor for detecting microlitre...