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Phys Rev Lett. 2005 Dec 2;95(23):235702. Epub 2005 Dec 1.

Vitrification and glass transition of water: insights from spin probe ESR.

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Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India.


Three long-standing problems related to the physics of water, viz., the possibility of vitrifying bulk water by rapid quenching, its glass transition, and the supposed impossibility of obtaining supercooled water between 150 and 233 K, the so-called "no man's land" of its phase diagram, are studied using the highly sensitive technique of spin probe ESR. Our results suggest that water can indeed be vitrified by rapid quenching; it undergoes a glass transition at approximately 135 K, and the relaxation behavior studied using this method between 165 K and 233 K closely follows the predictions of the Adam-Gibbs model.

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