Effects of Pressure-Induced Ionization Potential Depression on Material Properties

Amy Jenei | 17-ERD-025


To determine whether phase transitions to complex structural forms are ubiquitous at high pressures, we are measuring changes in the ionization potential of iron and magnesium under high pressure. These measurements could provide key experimental benchmarking data for theoretical models that could be used in assessing the effectiveness and reliability of the nation's stockpile as well as for inertial confinement fusion designs.