The liquid and supercooled states of water show a series of anomalies whose nature is debated. A key role is attributed to the formation of structural aggregates induced by critical phenomena occurring deep in the supercooled region; the nature of the water anomalies and of the hidden critical processes remains elusive. Here we report a time-resolved optical Kerr effect investigation of the vibrational dynamics and relaxation processes in supercooled bulk water. The experiment measures the water intermolecular vibrations and the structural relaxation process in an extended temperature range, and with unprecedented data quality. A mode-coupling analysis of the experimental data enables to characterize the intermolecular vibrational modes and their interplay with the structural relaxation process. The results bring evidence of the coexistence of two local configurations, which are interpreted as high-density and low-density water forms, with an increasing weight of the latter at low temperatures.

Evidence of two distinct local structures of water from ambient to supercooled conditions / A. Taschin;P. Bartolini;R. Eramo;R. Righini;R. Torre. - In: NATURE COMMUNICATIONS. - ISSN 2041-1723. - ELETTRONICO. - 4:(2013), pp. 2401-2401. [10.1038/ncomms3401]

Evidence of two distinct local structures of water from ambient to supercooled conditions

TASCHIN, ANDREA;BARTOLINI, PAOLO;ERAMO, ROBERTO;RIGHINI, ROBERTO;TORRE, RENATO
2013

Abstract

The liquid and supercooled states of water show a series of anomalies whose nature is debated. A key role is attributed to the formation of structural aggregates induced by critical phenomena occurring deep in the supercooled region; the nature of the water anomalies and of the hidden critical processes remains elusive. Here we report a time-resolved optical Kerr effect investigation of the vibrational dynamics and relaxation processes in supercooled bulk water. The experiment measures the water intermolecular vibrations and the structural relaxation process in an extended temperature range, and with unprecedented data quality. A mode-coupling analysis of the experimental data enables to characterize the intermolecular vibrational modes and their interplay with the structural relaxation process. The results bring evidence of the coexistence of two local configurations, which are interpreted as high-density and low-density water forms, with an increasing weight of the latter at low temperatures.
2013
4
2401
2401
A. Taschin;P. Bartolini;R. Eramo;R. Righini;R. Torre
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