Is water a relaxor ferroelectric?

Dan Elton’s first paper has been accepted in Journal of Chemical Physics.

In this paper, we propose that water has all the characteristics of a relaxor ferroelectric, a class of materials characterized for having local polar order and striking dielectric properties. Our results indicate that perhaps some of the well known water anomalies could also be linked to the physics of relaxor ferroelectrics. Interestingly, the work that Betül Pamuk is doing also has links to this paper. In particular, Betül has studied the ferroelectric transition of ice Ih at 72 K (work to be submitted soon). We are also studying if the concept of polar nano regions can also be used to explain the anomaly in specific heat of ice at ~ 130 K.

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