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Percolation-Induced Frost Formation

Título de la revista: EPL
ISSN: 0295-5075
Volumen: 101
Número: 1
Páginas: 16009
Fecha de publicación: 2013
We report the observation of an unconventional mechanism for frost formation. On a smooth hydrophobic surface cooled much below the water freezing temperature (-9 degrees C), we find that, instead of the classical freezing of individual supercooled condensed droplets, frost can occur through a multi-step 2-dimensional percolation-driven mechanism. This in-plane propagation process provides a model to investigate more complex bulk phase transformations such as those occurring in atmospheric supercooled clouds. It can also lead to a new method to control and design in-plane solidification at a nanoscale level. Copyright (c) EPLA, 2013