Fluctuations and relaxation dynamics of liquid water revealed by linear and nonlinear spectroscopy

Takuma Yagasaki, Shinji Saito

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Many efforts have been devoted to elucidating the intra- and intermolecular dynamics of liquid water because of their important roles in many fields of science and engineering. Nonlinear spectroscopy is a powerful tool to investigate the dynamics. Because nonlinear response functions are described by more than one time variable, it is possible to analyze static and dynamic mode couplings. Here we review the intra- and intermolecular dynamics of liquid water revealed by recent linear and nonlinear spectroscopic experiments and computer simulations. In particular, we discuss the population relaxation, anisotropy decay, and spectral diffusion of the intra- and intermolecular motions of water and their temperature dependence, which play important roles in ultrafast dynamics and relaxations in water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-75
Number of pages21
JournalAnnual Review of Physical Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2013



  • Molecular dynamics
  • Multidimensional spectroscopy
  • Nonlinear response function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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