Microscopic origin of the surface tension anomaly of water

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We investigate the hydrogen bonding percolation threshold of water molecules at the surface of the liquid-vapor interface. We show that the percolation temperature agrees within statistical accuracy with the high-temperature inflection point of the water surface tension. We associate the origin of this surface tension anomaly of water with the sudden breakup of the hydrogen-bonding network in the interfacial molecular layer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2969-2972
Number of pages4
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Mar 25 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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