We present incoherent quasielastic neutron scattering measurements on ice Ih (ordinary ice) and Ic (cubic ice) which show the existence of nonharmonic motion of hydrogen at low temperatures, down to 5 K. We show that this dynamics is localized, nonvibrational, and related to the hydrogen disorder since it is absent in ordered ice VIII. A main jump distance of 0.75 A ° is identified, hence close to the distance between the two possible proton sites along the oxygen-oxygen bond. The dynamics is non-Arrhenius, has a large time rate of 2:7 1011 s1, and affects only a few percent of the total number of hydrogen atoms in the crystal. These results give evidence for the existence of concerted proton tunneling in these ice phases.

Anomalous Proton Dynamics in Ice at Low Temperatures

PACIARONI, ALESSANDRO;SACCHETTI, Francesco
2009

Abstract

We present incoherent quasielastic neutron scattering measurements on ice Ih (ordinary ice) and Ic (cubic ice) which show the existence of nonharmonic motion of hydrogen at low temperatures, down to 5 K. We show that this dynamics is localized, nonvibrational, and related to the hydrogen disorder since it is absent in ordered ice VIII. A main jump distance of 0.75 A ° is identified, hence close to the distance between the two possible proton sites along the oxygen-oxygen bond. The dynamics is non-Arrhenius, has a large time rate of 2:7 1011 s1, and affects only a few percent of the total number of hydrogen atoms in the crystal. These results give evidence for the existence of concerted proton tunneling in these ice phases.
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