Laser-driven shocks in water pre-compressed by diamond anvil cells

D. Hicks, Peter M. Celliers, G.W. Collins, Luis B. Da Silva, Andrew Mackinnon, R Cauble, S. Moon, R. J. Wallace, B. A. Hammel, M. Koenig, A. Benuzzi-Mounaix, G Huser, E. Henry, D. Batani, P Loubeyre, O Willi, John Richard Pasley, Henning Gessner, R. Jeanloz, Kanani K. M. LeeL. Robin Benedetti, David Neely, Margaret Notley, C Danson

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Laser-driven shock waves can generate very high-pressure conditions at high temperatures along the principal Hugoniot. Static compression of a material prior to dynamic shock-loading allows states at higher densities and lower temperatures to be accessed for a given pressure. We describe results from the first experiments to use diamond anvil cells (DAC) to pre-compress targets before laser-driven shock loading. Water was initially compressed in a DAC up to ~ 10 kbar and then irradiated using the Vulcan laser at Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory. Compared to states on the principal Hugoniot, the insulator-conductor transition in this off-Hugoniot regime was observed to occur at much higher pressures, shedding light on the nature of this transition.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2001
EventAmerican Physical Society, 43rd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics - Long Beach, United States
Duration: 29 Oct 20012 Nov 2001
Conference number: 43


ConferenceAmerican Physical Society, 43rd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics
Abbreviated titleAPS-DPP
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLong Beach
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