Assessment of performance of the inter-arrival time algorithm to identify ice shattering artifacts in cloud particle probes measurements
Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions
Shattering presents a serious obstacle to current airborne in-situ methods of characterizing the microphysical properties of ice clouds. Small shattered fragments result from the impact of natural ice crystals with the forward parts of aircraft-mounted measurement probes. The presence of these shattered fragments may result in a significant overestimation of the measured concentration of small ice crystals, contaminating the measurement of the ice particle size distribution (PSD). One method of
... PSD). One method of identifying shattered particles is to use an interarrival time algorithm. This method is based on the assumption that shattered fragments form spatial clusters that have short interarrival times between particles, relative to natural particles, when they pass through the sample volume of the probe. The interarrival time algorithm is a successful technique for the classification of shattering artifacts and natural particles. This study assesses the limitations and efficiency of the interarrival time algorithm. The analysis has been performed using simultaneous measurements of 2-D optical array probes with the standard and antishattering "K-tips" collected during the Airborne Icing Instrumentation Experiment (AIIE). It is shown that the efficiency of the algorithm depends on ice particle size, concentration and habit. Additional numerical simulations indicate that the effectiveness of the interarrival time algorithm to eliminate shattering artifacts can be significantly restricted in some cases. Improvements to the interarrival time algorithm are discussed.