Probing Liquid Phases and f-Electron Systems at the Dynamic Compression Sector

Richard Briggs | 18-ERD-012

Executive Summary

Using x-ray diffraction, we are exploring the first quantitative measurements of dynamically compressed elemental liquids to develop a more accurate physical understanding of complex liquid systems. Developing the capability to measure important critical thermodynamic states and physical processes relevant to the nation's nuclear deterrent is central to national stockpile stewardship goals.

Publications, Presentations, and Patents

Briggs, R. 2019a. "Coordination changes in liquid tin under shock compression determined using in situ femtosecond x-ray diffraction." Appl. Phys. Lett. 115. doi:10.1063/1.5127291. LLNL-JRNL-797485

———2019b. "Measurement of Body-Centered Cubic Gold and Melting under Shock Compression." Phys. Rev. Lett. 123. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.045701. LLNL-JRNL-782110

Briggs, R., et al. 2019. "Shocking discoveries at x-ray light sources." Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, October 2019. LLNL-PRES-804444

——— 2020a. "Probing Liquid–Liquid Phase Transitions under Dynamic Compression." 7th High Power Laser Workshop, Stanford, CA, September 2019. LLNL-PRES-791621

——— 2020b. "Probing liquid–liquid phase transitions under dynamic compression: an x-ray diffraction and ab initio MD study of selenium." APS March Meeting (cancelled). LLNL-PRES-805601