Raman and Infrared Spectral Investigations of Water Structure

  • G. E. Walrafen
Part of the Water book series (WCT, volume 1)


The models that have been proposed to represent the structure of liquid water are too numerous to be described here, but they are discussed in Chapter 14. Two general classes of models of interest for present purposes are usually designated by the terms continuum(1132) and mixture.(356) Continuum models treat water in terms of a continuous distribution of interactions that are presumed to be spectroscopically indistinguishable, whereas mixture models generally relate distinct spectral features to structures differing in the extent of hydrogen bonding. Some of the earlier spectroscopic investigations(1132) appeared to favor continuum models, but recent laser- Raman investigations(1138) as well as results from nonlinear optical techniques such as stimulated Raman scattering and hyper-Raman or inelastic harmonic light scattering strongly favor mixture models, e.g., the consecutive hydrogen-bond disruption model.


Raman Spectrum Water Structure Stimulate Raman Scattering Gaussian Component Raman Intensity 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. E. Walrafen
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  1. 1.Bell Telephone Laboratories Inc.Murray HillUSA

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