Schematic cross-section of diamond anvils and sample, with the drive laser that creates the shock wave entering from the left. Supports for the anvils are shown in purple, and, as described in the text, current laser systems require the anvil on the shock-entry side to be thin. The sample is indicated, along with a stepped shock-wave standard, and diagnostics described in the text [VISAR and pyrometry not shown ] record the dynamic compression of the sample through the second anvil.
The sample itself is precompressed inside a metal gasket, either directly e.
This anvil amounts to little more than a microscope-slide coverslip, albeit made of diamond. As discussed below, this limitation arises from the short duration of laser pulses available at present-day facilities.
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Two types of calibrants are included in the gasket hole, along with the sample: The shock-wave standard consists of a metal plate, stepped so as to have at least two well determined thicknesses, or of a well characterized dielectric material that transforms to a metal under shock loading. In either case, the mechanical response of the shock-wave standard needs to be well known: Aluminum, platinum, and tungsten are examples of shock-wave standards, and a measurement of the shock velocity the shock-wave transit-times across the different, well calibrated thicknesses of the standard then yields the particle velocity of the shock front entering into the sample 3 , Upon exiting the first diamond anvil, the shock front traverses the sample chamber including both sample and calibrants and then transits through the second back diamond anvil.
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Both anvils and the sample and calibrants are normally vaporized during an experiment, although the cell that contains the anvils is reuseable. A set of forward- and backward-traveling stress waves shock or rarefaction is in general created at each interface between diamond, calibrant, and sample, so a complete temporal record is needed of the various waves that traverse the sample. This record is usually obtained by velocity interferometry from the surface of any reflector VISAR 15 , that provides a record of the shock and material particle velocities inside the sample chamber Fig.
Briefly, VISAR operates by illuminating the sample with a single-frequency laser and imaging the reflected light through an interferometer onto a detector. The interferometer is configured to have unequal paths: If the initial thickness of the precompressed sample is known, a measurement of the shock-wave transit time determines the shock velocity. Fringe positions are proportional to velocity of the reflecting surface, so shifts in fringes e. Curvature in breakout times indicate that the shock fronts are not exactly planar, and the stepped breakout at the center of the image shows the difference in travel time through the thin and thick Al steps Fig.
It is empirically found that the shock-wave velocity scales linearly with particle velocity for a wide variety of materials over a moderate range of compressions 8 , 13 , 16 , For a laser-produced shock wave, assuming the energy flux into the sample is proportional to the laser intensity I , at least for a moderate range of intensities, one consequently expects the shock pressure to scale roughly as In reality, laser-induced shock pressures appear to rise less rapidly than Eq.
Although reasonable for understanding the conditions achieved by laser-driven shock waves, Eq. Instead, one applies the fact that conservation of mass and momentum require that both the particle velocity and pressure be constant across each interface traversed by the shock wave s 8 , Measuring the shock velocity, hence pressure, density, and particle velocity in the stepped shock-wave standard blue point in Fig. The material velocity and pressure of the sample and standard are brought to the common values u p and P H across the interface red point in Fig.
Impedance matching solution for the Hugoniot pressure P H and particle velocity u p in the sample, as determined from the shock velocity U S measured across the sample that by Eq. The intersection with the equation of state of the standard blue curve , reflected about the pressure—particle velocity state achieved in the standard blue point , defines the common state red point behind the forward- and backward-traveling waves in the sample and standard.
In a mechanical-impact experiment, u 0 would correspond to the impact velocity of the standard into the sample. We specifically use the Eulerian finite-strain formulation for the isentrope, motivated by the fact that the Cauchy stress the trace of which gives the pressure is intrinsically a function of Eulerian strain 20 , and that the resulting equation of state is empirically found to successfully match experimental measurements involving both finite and infinitesimal compression e.
The coefficients have been evaluated in Eq. Here, we ignore the possibility of phase transformations to avoid complicating the discussion, but such transformations e. Also, more terms may be needed in the finite-strain expansions Eqs. Predicted pressure—density equations of state for condensed matter, caused by isentropic compression isentrope: Because c in Eq. Conditions near zero pressure are shown on a linear plot Inset to complement the log—log plot of the main figure. Thus precompression is closely analogous to the application of multiple shocks, including in the fact that breaking a shock front into as few as four reverberations makes the compression nearly isentropic As compressible fluids of planetary interest, such as H 2 and He, can be subjected to relatively large precompressions, it is evident that the high-pressure thermodynamic state can be effectively tuned over a broad range of temperatures or internal energies Fig.
Internal energy as a function of pressure corresponding to Fig. Megajoule-class lasers represent the state of the art in facilities currently under development for laser-shock experiments Thus, Gbar pressures with tunable final thermal states will become accessible in the laboratory. This capability is directly relevant to our experiments, because the shock front is followed by a rarefaction wave that develops at the end of the laser pulse i. Rather than being limited to the 1- to 5-GPa pressures, as at present, precompressions to the GPa range should thus be possible in experiments at the largest laser facilities now under development e.
That is, samples already transformed to a high-pressure, for example, metallic, state could serve as starting materials for experiments to the to TPa level.
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Here, VISAR is used to characterize the optical properties of the sample and determine the Hugoniot pressure and density. In addition, an estimate of the blackbody temperature of the sample is obtained by optical pyrometry. The experiments clearly show that H 2 O transforms from a transparent dielectric at low pressures and temperatures light visible even after transmission through the shock-compressed region to a metallic-like state light reflected off the shock front when taken to pressures and temperatures exceeding — GPa and 6,—9, K The profound change in outer, valence-electron states i.
Time and distance across the sample are along the horizontal and vertical axes, respectively, and red vs. It is crucial that pressure and temperature can be separately tuned because either can induce electronic changes in materials. Helium, for instance, can be either thermally ionized or pressure-ionized, and it is by varying the initial compression that one can experimentally validate theoretical expectations of the conditions under which the insulator—metal transition takes place Fig. To the degree that electrons are thermally ionized, the thermal pressure intrinsically becomes a function of temperature or thermal energy and, along with other pressure-induced e.
A major incentive for precompressing samples is to be able to vary such high-temperature phenomena, so as to be able to experimentally distinguish them from the effects of compression alone.
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Predicted contours of electrical conductivity thin gray solid and dashed curves for He as a function of pressure and temperature, showing that metallic properties can be induced either by high P or high T. These influences can be separately documented by varying the initial density of the sample: Electrical conductivity can be experimentally inferred from optical absorption and reflectivity see Fig.
A model isentrope for Jupiter's interior is shown for comparison dashed black curve. These results, illustrating dramatic changes in chemical bonding at Mbar GPa conditions, reinforce the significance of being able to achieve significantly higher pressures in the future Figs. Evidently, compressional-energy changes can reach keV in the Gbar TPa regime, comparable to energies of core-electron orbitals.
Deep-electron levels within the atom can therefore participate in chemical bonding, and an entirely new type of chemistry becomes accessible in a subnuclear regime that is as yet unexplored by experiments. Spaulding for helpful discussions and comments. This work was supported by the U. Don't have an account? Update your profile Let us wish you a happy birthday!
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