The quest for a possible liquid-liquid coexistence line in supercooled water below its homogeneous nucleation temperature is faced by confining water within a porous silica substrate (MCM-41). This system is investigated by synchrotron radiation infrared spectroscopy, exploring both the intramolecular and the intermolecular vibrational dynamics, in the temperature range from ambient down to ∼120 K, along several isobaric paths between 0.7 kbar and 3.0 kbar. Upon lowering the temperature, the OH-stretching band shows that the intramolecular vibrational dynamics continuously evolves from predominantly liquidlike to predominantly icelike. An abrupt change in the line shape of the intermolecular vibrational band between 220 K and 240 K, depending on the pressure, is the signature of nucleation of ice within the MCM-41 pores. These findings do not support the presence of two liquid phases and provide evidence for the coexistence of liquid water and ice in water confined in MCM-41.

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