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Molten under pressure

Shockwaves driven by intense laser pulses allow the phase diagram of diamond to be extended up to pressures of 40 megabars and temperatures of 50,000 K. The results could help us better understand the material properties of the core of giant planets within and beyond our Solar System.

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Silvera, I. Molten under pressure. Nature Phys 6, 9–10 (2010).

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