Articles | Volume 11, issue 1
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 31–41, 2011

Special issue: ICIS-2007

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 31–41, 2011

Research article 03 Jan 2011

Research article | 03 Jan 2011

Results from the University of Toronto continuous flow diffusion chamber at ICIS 2007: instrument intercomparison and ice onsets for different aerosol types

Z. A. Kanji1,*, P. J. DeMott2, O. Möhler3, and J. P. D. Abbatt1 Z. A. Kanji et al.
  • 1University of Toronto, Department of Chemistry, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2Colorado State University, Department of Atmospheric Science, Fort Collins, CO, USA
  • 3Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • *now at: Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland

Abstract. The University of Toronto continuous flow diffusion chamber (UT-CFDC) was used to study heterogeneous ice nucleation at the International Workshop on Comparing Ice Nucleation Measuring Systems (ICIS 2007) which also represented the 4-th ice nucleation workshop, on 14–28 September 2007. One goal of the workshop was to inter-compare different ice nucleation measurement techniques using the same aerosol sample source and preparation method. The aerosol samples included four types of desert mineral dust, graphite soot particles, and live and dead bacterial cells (Snomax®). This paper focuses on the UT-CFDC results, with a comparison to techniques of established heritage including the Colorado State CFDC and the AIDA expansion chamber. Good agreement was found between the different instruments with a few specific differences, especially at low temperatures, perhaps due to the variation in how onset of ice formation is defined between the instruments and the different inherent residence times. It was found that when efficiency of ice formation is based on the lowest onset relative humidity, Snomax® particles were most efficient followed by the desert dusts and then soot. For all aerosols, deposition mode freezing was only observed for T<45 K except for the dead bacteria where freezing occurred below water saturation as warm as 263 K.

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