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Hydrogen bond network rearrangement dynamics in water clusters: Effects of intermolecular vibrational excitation on tunneling rates

  • Author(s): Cole, WTS
  • Saykally, RJ
  • et al.

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© 2017 Author(s). Theoretical studies of hydrogen bond network rearrangement (HBNR) dynamics in liquid water have indicated that librational motions initiate the hydrogen bond breaking/formation processes. We present the results of using a simple time evolution method to extract and compare the tunneling lifetimes for motions that break and reform the hydrogen bond for the water dimer, trimer, and pentamer from the experimentally measured tunneling splittings in the ground and excited intermolecular vibrational states. We find that the specific nature of the intermolecular vibrational excitation does not significantly influence the tunneling lifetime of the dimer, but that only excitations to a librational vibration affect the water trimer and pentamer lifetimes. The specific enhancement of bifurcation tunneling in larger clusters relative to the dimer also indicates that hydrogen bond cooperativity is a vital element of these dynamics.

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