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Atomistic views of deformation

Laser experiments and computer simulations have been used to analyse the jiggling of atoms in compressed solids. The results take us closer to designing materials that can withstand extreme conditions. See Letters p.492 & p.496

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Figure 1: Compression mechanisms at the atomic scale.

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