Pulsed neutron diffraction was carried out to analyze an intramolecular structure of D3PO3 and an orientational characteristic of adjacent molecules in D3PO3-nD2O (n = 0; 1 and 20) solutions by using the high intensity total scattering spectrometer in High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) at Tsukuba, Japan. The radial distribution method and the correlation method were employed for the analysis of structural parameters such as interatomic distances, coordination numbers and temperature factors, being consulted with those by simulations. The intramolecular structure of the phosphorous acid in the liquid state did not differ much from that in the crystalline state. In the liquid phosphorous acid, two intramolecular P-O bonds were recognized, the shorter P-O bond being assigned to the P-O double bond and the longer P-O to the single bond. On addition of heavy water, the coordination numbers of the intramolecular P-O correlations, i.e. both the shorter P-O double bond and the longer P-O single bond, increased a little.
- Intramolecular structure
- Phosphorous acid
- Pulsed neutron diffraction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering