Analytical theory for proton correlations in common-water iceIh

S. V. Isakov, R. Moessner, S. L. Sondhi, D. A. Tennant
2015 Physical Review B  
We provide a fully analytical microscopic theory for the proton correlations in water ice $I_h$. We compute the full diffuse elastic neutron scattering structure factor, which we find to be in excellent quantitative agreement with Monte Carlo simulations. It is also in remarkable qualitative agreement with experiment, in the absence of any fitting parameters. Our theory thus provides a tractable analytical starting point to account for more delicate features of the proton correlations in water
more » ... relations in water ice. In addition, it directly determines an effective field theory of water ice as a topological phase.
doi:10.1103/physrevb.91.245152 fatcat:22ch3kjuhzcwzcmqdeguyslji4