Liquid water in the domain of cubic crystalline ice Ic

P Jenniskens, Sally F Banham, D F Blake, Martin R S McCoustra

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Vapor-deposited amorphous water ice, when warmed above the glass transition temperature (120-140 K), is a viscous liquid which exhibits a viscosity vs temperature relationship different from that of liquid water at room temperature. New studies of thin water ice films now demonstrate that viscous liquid water persists in the temperature range 140-210 K, where it coexists with cubic crystalline ice. The liquid character of amorphous water above the glass transition is demonstrated by (1) changes in the morphology of water ice films on a nonwetting surface observed in transmission electron microscopy (TEM) at around 175 K during slow warming, (2) changes in the binding energy of water molecules measured in temperature programmed desorption (TPD) studies, and (3) changes in the shape of the 3.07 mu m absorption band observed in,orating angle reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) during annealing at high temperature, whereby the decreased roughness of the water surface is thought to cause changes in the selectin rules for the excitation of O-H stretch vibrations, Because it is present over such a wide range of temperatures, we propose that this form of liquid water is a common material in nature, where it is expected to exist in the subsurface layers of comets and on the surfaces of some planets and satellites, (C) 1997 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1232-1241
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 1997


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