Condensed matter physics at high pressure

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Pressure is one of the canonical thermodynamic variables which control the equilibrium conditions of a physical system and, as such, it has been used for centuries as a control parameter to drive a given substance across multiple phases and establish the phase diagram of a condensed matter system. Yet, in recent years the remarkable advances in high-pressure techniques and facilities have allowed researchers across the world to explore uncharted territories in terms of establishing new states of matter and engineering the chemical structure of materials. Noteworthy examples of this progress include the achievement of near-room temperature superconductivity in high-pressure hydrides, the control of pressure-driven topological and quantum phase transitions, the performance improvement of electromagnetic and spintronic devices, as well as the establishment of novel synthesis routes and structures in materials science.

This cross-journal Collection between Nature Communications, Communications Materials and Scientific Reports brings together the latest advances in the use of high-pressure methods to induce, manipulate, and probe novel states of matter, and to improve the fundamental understanding and technological potential of quantum materials.

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Diamond anvil cell. A crystal is placed under high pressure between two diamond tips in a diamond anvil cell (DAC).

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