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High-pressure Science Gets Super-sized
October 23, 2012
The study of materials at extreme conditions took a giant leap forward with the discovery of a way to generate super high pressures without using shock waves whose accompanying heat turns solids to liquid. This discovery will allow scientists for the first time, to reach static pressure levels exceeding 4 million atmospheres, a high-pressure environment where new unique compounds could be formed, materials change their chemical and physical properties, and metals become insulators.
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory
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