A new theory describes ice’s slippery behavior

In this week’s Journal of Chemical Physics, Bo Persson, a scientist at the Jülich Research Center, discusses his new theory that describes how slippery ice gets when a hard material like a ski slides across it. The theory agrees well with experimental data and could help design better sliding systems, as well as contribute to a fundamental understanding of ice friction that could help explain the movement of glaciers and other natural processes.

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