Network motif of water

Masakazu Matsumoto, Akinori Baba, Iwao Ohmine

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The network motif of water, vitrite, is introduced to elucidate the intermediate-range order in supercooled liquid water. Unstrained vitrites aggregate in supercooled liquid water to form very stable domain. Hydrogen bond rearrangements mostly occur outside the domain, so that the dynamical heterogeneity also stands out. Pre-peak in the structure factor of low density amorphous ice is reproduced by inter-vitrite structure factor. The vitrite can therefore be regarded as a plausible building block of the intermediate-range order and heterogeneity in supercooled liquid water and low-density amorphous ice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComplex Systems - 5th International Workshop on Complex Systems
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 13 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event5th International Workshop on Complex Systems - Sendai, Japan
Duration: Sep 25 2007Sep 28 2007

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other5th International Workshop on Complex Systems


  • Amorphous water
  • Low-density water
  • Network motif
  • Water structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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