Vibrations of the H2O Molecule

Source: "Water Absorption Spectrum"

(in cache)

in "Water Structure and Science",
by Martin Chaplin

vibration modes of the water molecule

absorption spectrum of water gas molecule

absorption spectrum of water molecule in liquid water

absorption spectrum of water molecules in gaseous, liquid and solid form absorption spectra of the low and high density water forms

Above is shown a comparison of the gas, liquid and solid spectra of the same amount of H2O [1392]. On the right half of the Figure, the high (HDL) and low (LDL) density liquid water forms are shown [1738].

As seen, increased strength of hydrogen bonding typically shifts the stretch vibration to lower frequencies (red-shift) with greatly increased intensity in the infrared (but not Raman) due to the increased dipoles. Blue-shifting hydrogen bonds are described elsewhere.


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1738. Y. Maréchal, The molecular structure of liquid water delivered by absorption spectroscopy in the whole IR region completed with thermodynamics data, J. Mol. Structure 1004 (2011) 146-155.

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