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Melted in a flash

The observation that atomic disorder emerges exceptionally fast during laser-induced melting of crystalline bismuth prompts fresh thinking about the nature of this phase transition.

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Figure 1: Speedy melting.

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Cavalleri, A. Melted in a flash. Nature 458, 42–43 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/458042a

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