Dr Nic Shannon - Quantum Ice
07 Jun 2011
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Dr Nic Shannon, (University of Bristol)

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Water ice comprises a loosely-packed lattice of water molecules, held together by hydrogen bonds. Here we use zero-temperature quantum Monte Carlo simulations to explore how quantum mechanical tunneling between different spin- or charge-ice configurations can lead to a resolution of this issue, by stabilizing a unique “quantum ice” ground state.

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