Europhys. Lett.
Volume 72, Number 4, November 2005
Page(s) 576 - 582
Section Condensed matter: structural, mechanical and thermal properties
Published online 12 October 2005
Europhys. Lett., 72 (4), pp. 576-582 (2005)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2005-10270-4

Incoherent inelastic neutron scattering measurements on ice VII: Are there two kinds of hydrogen bonds in ice?

S. Klotz1, Th. Strässle1, C. G. Salzmann2, J. Philippe1 and S. F. Parker3

1  Physique des Milieux Denses, IMPMC, CNRS UMR 7590, Université P&M Curie 4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris, France
2  Institute of General, Inorganic and Theoretical Chemistry, University of Innsbruck A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
3  ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory - Chilton, Didcot OX11 0QX, UK

received 19 May 2005; accepted in final form 19 September 2005
published online 12 October 2005

We report the vibrational spectrum of recovered ice VII measured by inelastic incoherent neutron scattering and compare this to similar data of its fully hydrogen-ordered form, ice VIII, under exactly the same conditions (15$\un{K}$, 1$\un{bar}$). The spectra of the two phases have their principal features at similar energies, in both the translational and librational bands, with a substantial disorder-related broadening in ice VII. In particular, we find no evidence for a peak at 49$\un{meV}$ in ice VII which earlier was associated with the possible existence of two kinds of hydrogen bonds. Additional Raman measurements in ice VII and ice VIII show that the O-H stretching frequencies in the two phases are almost identical. Therefore, the presence of split molecular-optic bands in ice phases, including ordinary ice Ih, is likely related to an incomplete description of the phonon dispersion rather than to a fundamentally new feature in the nature of the hydrogen bond.

63.20.-e - Phonons in crystal lattices.
61.12.-q - Neutron diffraction and scattering.

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