Intermediate range order in supercooled water

  • Leighanne C. Gallington (Contributor)
  • Emmanuel Soignard (Contributor)
  • Chris J. Benmore (Contributor)



The temperature dependence of the heights of the first and second x-ray diffraction peaks in supercooled water measured down to 244 K are found to display very different behaviours. While the first peak intensity remains essentially constant, the second peak increases strongly with decreasing temperature. In real space this is concomitant with the reduction of the number of non-bonded interstitial molecules between the first and second shells. It is found that although the first O-O shell in supercooled water is unchanged upon supercooling, the variations in intermediate range order are mainly associated with the growth of a predominantly tetrahedral network that is distinctly different from ice-Ih. Moreover, in this temperature regime we find a direct correlation between the height of the second diffraction peak and the intensity changes in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th peaks in the oxygen-oxygen pair distribution function.
Date made availableSep 17 2019
Publisherfigshare Academic Research System

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