Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Can air be frozen?

  1. Dec 28, 2004 #1
    can air be frozen? if so, what is it called? water vapor?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 28, 2004 #2

    Gokul43201

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Yes, air can be frozen...you just have to cool it sufficiently. For instance, at liquid helium temperatures (~ 4K), I know that air solidifies. In fact, as you cool below the freezing point of each of its components (nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide), you freeze that component.

    It's not called water vapor. How would it make sense to refer to a solid as a vapor ? And water is hardly the dominant component of air. I'm not sure there's a specific name for it, but we simply call it frozen or solid air.
     
  4. Dec 29, 2004 #3
    What will happen after air is solidified? Solid N, O, CO2, strange....
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?



Similar Discussions: Can air be frozen?
  1. Air equilibrated water (Replies: 2)

Loading...