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Probing the hydrogen-bond network of water via time-resolved soft X-ray spectroscopy
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2009 (English)In: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP, ISSN 1463-9076, E-ISSN 1463-9084, Vol. 11, no 20, 3951-3957 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We report time-resolved studies of hydrogen bonding in liquid H2O, in response to direct excitation of the O-H stretch mode at 3 mm, probed via soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the oxygen K-edge. This approach employs a newly developed nanofluidic cell for transient soft X-ray spectroscopy in the liquid phase. Distinct changes in the near-edge spectral region (XANES) are observed, and are indicative of a transient temperature rise of 10 K following transient laser excitation and rapid thermalization of vibrational energy. The rapid heating occurs at constant volume and the associated increase in internal pressure, estimated to be 8 MPa, is manifested by distinct spectral changes that differ from those induced by temperature alone. We conclude that the near-edge spectral shape of the oxygen K-edge is a sensitive probe of internal pressure, opening new possibilities for testing the validity of water models and providing new insight into the nature of hydrogen bonding in water.

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2009. Vol. 11, no 20, 3951-3957 p.
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vibrational-energy relaxation, absorption fine-structure, liquid water, temperature-dependence, pressure-dependence, optical-constants, bending mode, dynamics, h2o, ice
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-60081DOI: 10.1039/b822210jISI: 000266065400018OAI: diva2:432941
authorCount :9Available from: 2011-08-08 Created: 2011-08-08 Last updated: 2011-08-08Bibliographically approved

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