Orientational relaxation dynamics of liquid water studied by molecular dynamics simulation

Yu Iing Yeh, Chung Yuan Mou

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Orientational relaxation dynamics of water molecules in the liquid state are studied by molecular dynamics with TIP4P model. The biexponential decay of the dipolar autocorrelation function is associated with a heterogeneous distribution of local hydrogen bond patterns. The H-bond pattern was analyzed with a Voronoi polyhedra (VP) construction of the oxygen atom distributions. An asphericity parameter for VP was used to characterize the heterogeneous distribution of the local H-bond patches. The slow relaxation in the ordered region is temperature sensitive. It is associated with locally cooperative rotation around the H-bond axis. The fast (about 1 ps) relaxation, relatively temperature independent, is associated with rototranslational coupling motion of the water molecule in a disordered cage. The origin of the fast rotational relaxation comes from "interstitial molecules" coupling with the center water molecule.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3699-3705
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - May 6 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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