The effect of temperature on the mean kinetic energy of Oxygen, Ke(O), in silica hydrogel (constituting of water confined in a silica Xerogel matrix) was computed between 5 and 325 K. The results are higher by up to 40% than those deduced from a recent deep inelastic neutron scattering (DINS) measurement. Note that when the mean kinetic energy of Hydrogen Ke(H) was computed using the same method a good agreement was obtained with the DINS measurement. This seems to indicate that the measured Ke(O) values are strongly underestimated due to the DINS method of analysis of the n-scattering intensities as discussed in the text.
- Atomic kinetic energy
- Deep inelastic neutron scattering
- Silica hydrogel
- Vibrational density of states
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy (all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry