Frost is found in nature as a symphony of nucleation and heat and mass transport, cascading from angstroms to several meters. Here, we use laser-induced fluorescence microscopy to investigate the pattern formation of frost growth in experiments which tune the mesoscopic length scale by using microstructured pillar arrays as a frost condenser surface. By controlling the degree of surface supercooling and the amount of condensate, different modes of frost patterning are uncovered, ranging from complete surface coverage to fractal-looking and limited-coverage structures of spiky appearance.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics