Hydrogen bonded systems significantly differ from ionically bonded solids in the sense that the heavy atoms bridged by the hydrogen bonds approach each other more closely than expected given their ionic radii. Also, these systems are known to exhibit strong cooperative behaviour such as the appearance of small clusters in the gas phase.
Inelastic neutron scattering data taken on MARI from liquid deuterium fluoride (DF) close to the melting point show, in addition to quasielastic and heavily damped acoustic motions, an intense band centered at about 27meV along with a broader higher energy feature. Observation of the former band provides the first direct verification of the existence within the liquid state of collective optic-like excitations as predicted by molecular dynamics simulations. The latter corresponds to mainly reorientational motions also predicted by simulation.
FJ Bermejo (University of the Basque Country, Spain), JW Taylor, SE McLain (ISIS), I Bustinduy (University of the Basque Country, Spain), JFC Turner (University of Tennessee, USA), MD Ruiz-Martin (ILL, France), C Cabrillo, R Fernandez-Perea (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Serrano, Spain).
Research date: December 2006
Prof FJ Bermejo, [email@example.com] FJ Bermejo et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 96 (2006) 235501