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Diamond sculpting pushes extremes

Nature Materialsvolume 17pages858859 (2018) | Download Citation

Micromilling gem-quality diamond tips into a toroidal shape has been shown to greatly extend the accessible pressure range of standard diamond anvil cells, opening the way for studies in extreme physics of high-density matter.

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