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Title: Apparatus for single ice crystal growth from the melt
Authors: Zepeda, Salvador Browse this author
Nakatsubo, Shunichi Browse this author
Furukawa, Yoshinori Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Keywords: capillarity
crystal growth from solution
crystal morphology
crystal orientation
molecular biophysics
temperature control
zero gravity experiments
Issue Date: Nov-2009
Publisher: American Institute of Physics
Journal Title: Review of Scientific Instruments
Volume: 80
Issue: 11
Start Page: 115102
Publisher DOI: 10.1063/1.3222739
PMID: 19947752
Abstract: A crystal growth apparatus was designed and built to study the effect of growth modifiers, antifreeze proteins and antifreeze glycoproteins (AFGPs), on ice crystal growth kinetics and morphology. We used a capillary growth technique to obtain a single ice crystal with well-defined crystallographic orientation grown in AFGP solution. The basal plane was readily observed by rotation of the capillary. The main growth chamber is approximately a 0.8 ml cylindrical volume. A triple window arrangement was used to minimize temperature gradients and allow for up to 10 mm working distance objective lens. Temperature could be established to within ± 10 mK in as little as 3.5 min and controlled to within ± 2 mK after 15 min for at least 10 h. The small volume growth chamber and fast equilibration times were necessary for parabolic flight microgravity experiments. The apparatus was designed for use with inverted and side mount configurations.
Rights: Copyright 2009 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Rev. Sci. Instrum. 80, 115102 (2009) and may be found at
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