Spectroscopic probing of local hydrogen-bonding structures in liquid water
2002 (English)In: Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, ISSN 0953-8984, Vol. 14, no 8, L213-L219 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We have studied the electronic structure of liquid water using x-ray absorption spectroscopy at the oxygen K edge. Since the x-ray absorption process takes less than a femtosecond, it allows probing of the molecular orbital structure of frozen, local geometries of water molecules at a timescale that has not previously been accessible. Our results indicate that the electronic structure of liquid water is significantly different from that of the solid and gaseous forms, resulting in a pronounced pre-edge feature below the main absorption edge in the spectrum. Theoretical calculations of these spectra suggest that this feature originates from specific configurations of water, for which the H-bond is broken on the H-donating site of the water molecule. This study provides a fingerprint for identifying broken donating H-bonds in the liquid and shows that an unsaturated H-bonding environment exists for a dominating fraction of the water molecules.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2002. Vol. 14, no 8, L213-L219 p.
water, hydrogen bonding
National CategoryPhysical Chemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50650DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/14/8/106OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-50650DiVA: diva2:271831