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Simple metal no more

Aluminium is regarded as a simple system in which to test for phenomena occurring at high pressure. Ab initio calculations now show that this metal undergoes a surprising transition to an incommensurate structure when it is subjected to extremely high pressures.

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Figure 1: The host–guest structure of incommensurate aluminium, shown in projection down the c axis.


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McMahon, M., Ackland, G. Simple metal no more. Nature Mater 9, 607–608 (2010).

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