The limit of homogeneous nucleation in a liquid is shown to lie very close to its liquid spinodal line. It is also argued that the homogeneous nucleation prediction should be based on a comparison of the critical work of nucleation with the “potential well” energy instead of the kinetic molecular energy. The result is a new prediction of the liquid spinodal line for water that is valid to large negative pressures. This prediction compares well with spinodal points obtained by extrapolating liquid and vapor water data with the Himpan equation.

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