Welcome to the Ice Physics Laboratory at Yale University. We are
studying the surface,
and nonequilibrium effects in single and polycrystalline ice and ice in
partially frozen media. The questions we are asking are basic to
phase behavior of ice and other materials with implications ranging
habits and growth shapes of atmospheric ice to the extreme conditions
life may persist in polycrystalline ice. Larry Wilen
spent his sabbatical here during 2003-2004 working with Erik
and Klaus Meiners (now at the Antarctic CRC) is beginning experiments
the interface between microbiology and physics. Melissa
on the phase behavior of partially frozen silica. Here is Melissa with a cell
she has been
a cell to probe samples using X ray photon correlation spectroscopy at
Advanced Photon Source at
This is done in collaboration with Simon
We are also just beginning a project to study the system using a
of diffusing wave spectroscopy. Greg
Dash, Alan Rempel
and Grae Worster
collaborate on many aspects of this work.
Photographs of the lab before occupation are as follows. Entering the lab
you see the following views of the principal outer space with two sinks, benches, tables
and storage. A view back to the main door
to the hallway. Here is Erik Thomson in the room within
the room to provide further thermal and optical isolation from the
fluctuations associated with traffic in the outer room. The grain boundary melting
apparatus is built around a Wilen/Dash
type of ice cell, here with a split cold finger.
Our work is supported in part by the National Science
Foundation, the Leonard X. Bosack and Bette M. Kruger Foundation,
the Department of Energy
and Yale University.
Our work is powered by the Digital Gaggia Syncrony espresso machine.