Atom Pair Distribution Functions of Liquid Water at 25°C from Neutron Diffraction

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Science  10 Sep 1982:
Vol. 217, Issue 4564, pp. 1033-1034
DOI: 10.1126/science.217.4564.1033


The structure of liquid water is described by three atom pair distribution functions gOO(r), gOH(r), and gHH(r). These functions have now been derived from neutron diffraction data on four mixtures of light and heavy water. They will provide a crucial and sensitive test for proposed models of liquid water.