Homogeneous nucleation rate data for water extending over an exceptionally large domain of rate (J), supersaturation ratio (S), and temperature (T) was recently published. Because it spans a large J-S-T surface, this data constitutes a good test of nucleation theory. Here classical nucleation theory is used to analyze this data. By adjusting only the sticking coefficient, we are able to obtain a good fit between theory and experiment. It was necessary to include an increase in the water molecular density associated with the finite water compressibility.
D. E. Hagen and J. L. Kassner, "Homogeneous Nucleation Rate for Water," The Journal of Chemical Physics, vol. 81, no. 3, pp. 1416-1418, American Institute of Physics (AIP), Apr 1984.
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