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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Vol. 4, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 1987
  • pp: 581–588

Faceted snow crystals

John Hallett  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 4, Issue 3, pp. 581-588 (1987)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.4.000581


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Abstract

Colored halos are produced by refraction of light by solid hexagonal snow crystals with well-defined facets whose size is sufficiently large (>20 μm) to avoid significant diffraction effects. Large crystals fall with their major axes horizontal and oscillate by eddy shedding to give dogs and arcs. The formation of such crystals is strongly dependent on changing growth conditions, particularly ice supersaturation, air pressure, temperature, and the thermal radiation environment. Optimum meteorological conditions for formation of such crystals are suggested.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: July 7, 1986
Manuscript Accepted: November 28, 1986
Published: March 1, 1987

Citation
John Hallett, "Faceted snow crystals," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 4, 581-588 (1987)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-4-3-581

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