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Monday April 25, 2016

Researchers Discover New State Of Water Molecule

In their latest experiments published in Physical Review Letters, researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have revealed unique and unexpected behavior of water molecules under extreme confinement that is unmatched by any known gas, liquid or solid states.

"At low temperatures, this tunneling water exhibits quantum motion through the separating potential walls, which is forbidden in the classical world," said lead author Alexander Kolesnikov of ORNL’s Chemical and Engineering Materials Division. "This means that the oxygen and hydrogen atoms of the water molecule are ‘delocalized’ and therefore simultaneously present in all six symmetrically equivalent positions in the channel at the same time. It’s one of those phenomena that only occur in quantum mechanics and has no parallel in our everyday experience."