March 28th, 2014
Studies of molecular hydrogen at static or sustained multimegabar pressures are difficult as a result of challenges in containing the samples under these conditions, and making accurate measurements of the material sample in the diamond anvil cell.
February 27th, 2014
The annual Stewardship Science Academic Programs (SSAP) Symposium took place in North Bethesda, ND from February 19-20, 2014. Individual grant recipients and center directors from the four divisions of the program (High Energy Density Physics, Low Energy Nuclear Science, Materials Properties Under Extreme Conditions, and National Laser...
February 4th, 2014
New research shows that a remarkable defect in synthetic diamond produced by chemical vapor deposition allows researchers to measure, witness, and potentially manipulate electrons in a manner that could lead to new “quantum technology” for information processing. Normal computers process bits, the fundamental ones and zeros, one at a...
December 23rd, 2013
Table salt, sodium chloride, is one of the first chemical compounds that schoolchildren learn. Standard chemistry textbooks say that sodium and chlorine have very different electronegativities and thus must form an ionic compound with a well-defined composition. Sodium’s charge is +1, chlorine’s charge is -1; sodium will give away an...
December 23rd, 2013
The behavior of the Group 4 metals titanium, zirconium, and hafnium at extreme conditions has received a great deal of attention, particularly due to the importance of Ti as a light structural metal, and Zr and Hf as components of nuclear reactors. At ambient conditions, these metals crystallize in a distorted hexagonal close-packed...
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